Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The garden and a visit to the Iris Garden in Motukara

Iris Garden lily pond 
very cool

The summer house


Although I have been working on the lower garden for the last few months there is always time for the vegetable garden and our latest project has been to use macrocarpa sleepers for the large vegetable garden, so last weekend we dug out all the old concrete edging and put in the sleepers two high on the downwards side and along the ends and next will be the other side, but only one high.




I loved this one with the bark still attached.








Decorating with Quotes

I was asked to curate a board on hometalk.com after showing a post of a frame I had used to show some quotes I had printed. And it was fun ! Looking at so many amazing ideas my fellow hometalkers come up with, very inspirational and lots of things I would like to try (soon, very soon).


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Potting Bench


Yesterday we took 15 big rubbish bags of that most awful noxious weed "wandering willy" to the dump, impossible to compost or spray, the only way to get rid of it is to rack it up and then bag it up and take it to the dump. I did read an article that suggested chooks love it, but don't have any at the moment (it's in the plan to get some again).
It has taken many hours to clear it out and no doubt I will have to do it again, but for now it is gone. 
Anyway, after the dump and morning tea we went to one of my favourite spots to score some free pallets, alas only one and an odd assortment of wood.
Well, I couldn't get most of the nails and bolts out, so had to improvise, a lot. But the result isn't too bad at all, slightly wonky and definitely not my best work, it will do just fine.

The back legs

Ready for work.

The Garden

Just some photo's of the garden this month and what has started to bloom.

The oh so beautiful New Zealand native Clematis, will be getting some more, hopefully it is easy to strike .
Clematis Paniculata
Already covered in flowers
This is where I had planted a white hybrid Clematis, that got sick, so I cut it down to the ground and planted this one, but it seems the first one is recovering, so may have to move paniculata.
And the planter box and obelisk are all planted up and looking good, although perhaps not in the right spot yet?
Purple and white pansies 
The Sweet Peas just breaking through.
And some more from around the garden.
Bright green/yellow Euphorbia 
Green Rose

Rhododendron President Roosevelt



Saturday, September 20, 2014

It's Spring

And it is time to get out into the garden, weeding, trimming and best of all planting. This season my main project is getting the garden back from all the scrub and weeds, a very big job, luckily I have found a really great gardener to give me a hand and do some of the heavy stuff.
The new raised garden beds were already to go, so in went some of our homemade compost and after a trip to Mitre 10 for vegetable plants and some carrot seed tape (the only way to plant now, so easy), I planted out.

The broad beans looking pretty good
I have never grown broad beans, so thought it would be worth a try and they are going well, these are from seedlings, not seed.
Lettuce and beetroot
Just as well I used the wire cloches, as the sparrows have eaten all the leaves on the peas !
They looked fine from a distance, but
Not a leaf left, at least they don't eat the tomatoes in side the obelisk.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gift

Recently I wrote to the editor of Renovate magazine and my letter was published and it seems I also went in the draw to win a mocka wooden stool, and I won !
So this morning the parcel arrived and I have just spent some time putting it together, easy as !.

All the pieces ready for assembly

Finished
It was a lovely surprise to win something and it is such a pretty thing.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Recycled wood Cabbage Trees and the Bronze Corgi's

On Saturday we went in to town for lunch at the Mediterranean Cafe, delicious food and coffee as always.
Further down Tuam Street towards C1 cafe on High St was the most amazing sight, giant Cabbage Trees made from recycled wood and they were big.
Absolutely stunning, no idea who made them, but very clever.
Look how small the people are!
The lovely facade of the McKenzie & Willis building in the background.
Fantastic details

McKenzie & Willis building facade, please fix it !


And then across the road outside C1 the very cute bronze Corgi's are back, missed these wee guys after the earthquakes, now back where they belong.

Out for a walk.

Taking himself for a walk.

Hey wait for me!

Ooh an icecream!