1) From designer trend to cliché in the blink of an eye – Abbie’s column
2) The wonderfully brazen Azalea mollis in Plant Collector this week.
3) Grow it Yourself: lettuces with particular reference to Misticanza di Lattughe (available from Franchi Seeds, or Italian Seeds Pronto in New Zealand).
Tikorangi Notes: Saturday 5 November, 2011
There has not much (indeed, any) gardening going on here this week. As we host the large majority of our annual visitors in one ten day period, we get to spend 8 or even 9 hours a day standing on concrete doing the meet and greet. It is very tiring but also enormously affirming to have so many people come and enjoy the garden. Little do they realise that this means our Lloyd was out mowing the park at 6.30am this morning. I admit it was as late as 7.00am before I was out and about doing the clean up of our public welcoming areas.
The later season rhododendron display is just coming into its own – the wonderful nuttalliis and the later flowering maddeniis. We are still running at least a week behind on the blooming season.
Our annual garden festival finishes on Sunday. Monday will see us back in gardening clothes, probably mooching about in solitary silence achieving very little but focussing our attentions back on the garden. It is a source of amazement to garden visitors that we manage a garden this size with just ourselves as gardeners and our one staffer, Lloyd, on the mower, mulcher, tractor, weedeater and generally assisting. While we would enjoy having additional assistance, visitor numbers in New Zealand are not high enough to pay the wages. However, in the final analysis, we garden for our own pleasure and the visitors are a welcome bonus.