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Responding to roses

It has been said roses cannot be overwatered. An overstatement perhaps, but with a La Nina (wet) weather pattern affecting the country, my garden has rewarded me with an abundance of showy blooms. The bushes, I admit, have required an occasional watering. Also, with enough moisture in the soil, there...

Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival

Gardens with passion The Taranaki Fringe Garden Festival showcases a remarkable collection of real gardens, designed to appeal to people from all walks of life. What sets this event apart is the warm and welcoming nature of the hosts, who take great joy in sharing their passion for gardening. As visitors...

Come summer, come cucumbers!

Cucumbers have long been a staple ingredient of summer salads, dipping platters and pickle but perhaps best of all, they are quick and easy to grow. In general, spring is the best time to plant cucumbers in New Zealand so it pays to plan ahead to ensure we won’t...

‘Heel’ thy garden, Achilles!

Although it is commonly considered a weed, yarrow (achillea) can be a friend indeed by attracting beneficial insects; in fact, for many gardeners, it can be just what the doctor ordered! Named after one of mythology’s greatest heroes, Achilles, these plants have quite the legendary reputation. Greek mythology asserts yarrow...