Tikorangi Notes: Friday 15 April, 2010

Latest posts: Friday 15 April, 2010:

1) Plant Collector this week is about Rhopalostylis sapida, better known to New Zealanders as the nikau palm – in this case the Pitt Island version of same. The Pitts are one of our more remote islands and the nikau is the world’s southernmost palm tree – and one of great beauty.

2) Garden tasks for the week with particular reference to autumn treatment for hellebores and a note about kang kong (which is an Asian green veg as opposed to a misprint of a giant ape).

3) Outdoor Classroom this week is the second instalment on garden mulches. We look at options which are usually available free but what you save in dollars across the counter, you will likely spend on your time assembling these options.

Tikorangi Notes: Friday 15 April, 2010
Our magic run of autumn weather continues. Dead calm days (always appreciated in a windy climate), mild daytime temperatures in the early 20s (Celsius) and cool nights. Rain is forecast, which is good because all my recent efforts on dividing perennials and relocating shrubs need watering in. Our avenue gardens consist of five parallel borders around 50m in length (each). I have finished three borders plus the one across the end. Just two to go so, realistically, I may have finished in another fortnight. In the meantime, the rockery continues to please. Nerines have a good long flowering season and they continue to look splendid. While we grow some of the species, it is the sarniensis hybrids which are the showstoppers. I will forgive them their foliage which hangs on until late spring, looking ever tattier. Our autumn flowering would be so much the poorer without them.

The rockery in autumn

The rockery in autumn