Tikorangi Notes: Friday 17 December, 2010

Straight after the rains, the zephyranthes appeared this week

Straight after the rains, the zephyranthes appeared this week

LATEST POSTS: Friday 17 December, 2010

1) Cornus prefer a drier, continental style of climate to our mild, humid conditions but Cornus kousa var. chinensis flowers prettily at this time of year.

2) Water features can be more of a challenge than many gardeners appreciate when they decide to install one – Abbie’s column.

3) A week out from Christmas and we give our hints for garden tasks in this busy week.

TIKORANGI NOTES: Friday 17 December, 2010
While seven or eight weeks without rain may be nothing unusual for other parts of the world, here it has us in serious trouble so the 25ml that has fallen so far this week has been hugely welcome. Not enough, but it is at least a start. And that is all it took to bring the pretty copper and yellow zephyranthes into flower. These gently seed down beside our driveway and flower intermittently in the gravel for an extended period throughout summer.