1) The pretty bells of Tecomanthe Montana, a sub tropical climber from New Guinea.
2) Recommended garden tasks for the week as our unusually dry spell continues and talk of drought escalates.
3) Hints on staking and tying plants in Outdoor Classroom.
Tikorangi Notes:It was not a barrow full of monkeys but a barrow load of wine here last week. Over the past three years, we have been gently winding down the nursery, scaling it back to a more easily managed operation which would free us up to garden more. But, as Mark has observed often, it takes a long time to kill off a nursery and his patience ran out. He wanted at least half of one side empty so he could start his new vegetable garden and orchard. Can we get rid of the plants, he asked. So I emailed a few friends, colleagues and the garden openers from our recent Taranaki Rhododendron Festival. Free plants, I said. Just bring us a bottle of wine (dry white preferred) if you are going to take lots. They did. On the designated day, we were stripped out by about 10.30am and we were wheeling the wine over the house by the barrow load. Now work is starting at last on one of the new gardens we have planned.