LATEST POSTS: Friday 10 December, 2010
1) Dactylorhiza are looking very pretty by our stream this week. We have always had this one as D.maculata though it may be the closely related D.fuchsii instead – Plant Collector.
2) Garden tasks this week as we look more like the end of summer with our extended dry weather.
3) Dreamers of the Day – a large presentation volume on the history of Auckland’s regional parks.
4) It may be that access to stands of giant bamboo are more common in our part of the world than many others, which may limit the opportunities for some to build a stylish bamboo obelisk or teepee for climbing plants but we show you how to do it in Outdoor Classroom this week.
TIKORANGI NOTES: Friday 10 December, 2010
As our abnormally dry spell continues, we are starting to accuse Australia of stealing our rain. Both our daughters live in the east of Oz these days – in NSW and ACT – and both are complaining of the wet. On the other hand, Mark has been doing something never seen before here – watering the lawn. Just small areas of it initially but we are starting to wonder if we might have to do some more active management than usual to keep the place looking good for the WOMAD event scheduled here for March. Fortunately our water comes from a bore which we own and the supply has never let us down yet. I am wondering about watering the rose garden. These are things we don’t normally have to worry about at all, so regular is our rainfall. At least the little disa orchids Mark has planted down by the stream won’t dry out where they are and we are delighted with their first flowering this year.