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Flowers! And things. - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 14th, 2015

11:43 am - Flowers! And things.

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In lieu of compelling and insightful commentary on topical issues, have some pictures of my garden. Which is technically a topical issue for me and also something I said I'd do.




Mostly I'm rapt at how the perennials I planted last year have come in this year. Above you can see the sweet williams and alstroemeria. The alstroemeria is the reddish one just left of centre. Normally these grow on florist-length stems, but our garden is windy so we get short, strong-stemmed ones in dense bunches.



Beans! I prefer the dwarf varieties because they are quicker and again because of the wind. These are behind a shadecloth that I finally got around to setting up properly, and we ate our first of them last night.



My freaky hebe, which I love because it's a cultivar of a native plant, but it's so incongruous for a native to be variegated and have colourful flowers, it looks like an alien plant.



We have a steep bank above the house that is in constant danger of erosion. I planted this pelargonium as a cutting in the autumn and promptly forgot about it. Very pleased to see that it's survived and is now growing. It's something of a bonsai, but anything that holds the bank together while looking pretty is all good by me.



Lemon tree. Every kiwi home has to have one, it's a thing. This one's just been relocated to somewhere where its roots won't be restricted. Remains to be seen if it'll like it.



Herb garden. This was bare soil when we moved in. Left to right: garlic chives, winter savory, plain thyme, lemon thyme, lavender, plain sage, a bay tree (that is struggling to beat the sage), oregano, purple sage, mint, marjoram, lovage, catnip, comfrey. All thriving except the mint, weirdly.



This is one of the few things that was there when we moved in. It just comes up every year and makes these amazing double blooms. I love it.



It hasn't been quite as good a vegie season so far this year. It got dry early, and the butterflies have started already. However, I have spinach, courgettes, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, capsicum, spring onions, brown onions, tuscan kale, peas, and beans in, and the courgettes, spinach, kale, and beans are feeding us already. I have doubts about us having the same tomato inundation we had last year though - they just aren't doing as well.



This blurry photo is in here because a) I thought that little silver creeper was a goner last summer but it's made a miraculous recovery and is now taking over the joint; and b) pink hydrangea! The colour of hydrangeas is affected by soil pH, with a higher pH helping prevent uptake of aluminium from the soil, which in turn makes the plant flower pink.

Interestingly, NZ soil is naturally slightly acidic which would produce blue flowers, and I haven't really done anything much to this soil (added sheep poo and some seaweed and a bit of general fert, but no lime and definitely not on this bush). It barely flowered at all last year, and this year it's come out all over in these bright pink blooms. Seems this garden might be on teh alkaline end - perhaps it's had a lot of lime in the past. Hmm..


So there you have it. I didn't spend my entire holiday playing Inquisition, I did take enough time to photograph some flowers and pull some weeds!

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From:decemberthirty
Date:January 13th, 2015 11:16 pm (UTC)
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Lovely garden, and very nice to see in what is, for me at least, the dead of winter! I'm jealous of your lemon tree. I wish I could have one, but it gets too cold here for them. Alas!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 13th, 2015 11:19 pm (UTC)
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According to all the books, Wellington should be too cold for them too, but they seem to have adapted or something. My brother has one that gets zero sun, faces south, and is being slowly overwhelmed by native bush and creepers, but it still produces lemons!

That having been said, our climate is temperate overall so no snow, which I'm told is a dealbreaker for citrus.
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From:richaarde
Date:January 14th, 2015 04:58 am (UTC)
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Frost is a dealbreaker for citrus fruits. In the US, they are only grown in Florida, along the Gulf coast, and in California. And I believe there are things that farmers do to protect the fruit from occasional cold snaps, which can damage the fruits and make them unfit for sale.
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From:fbhjr
Date:January 14th, 2015 12:27 am (UTC)
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Looks very cool!
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From:nick_101
Date:January 14th, 2015 02:27 am (UTC)
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The flowers look wonderful.
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From:warriorsavant
Date:January 14th, 2015 02:45 am (UTC)
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Lovely. Go you. Hope to have a garden some day, but need a house and land for that.
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From:richaarde
Date:January 14th, 2015 04:59 am (UTC)
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That hebe is weird looking. No plant should look like that.
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2015 08:40 am (UTC)
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Yep. That's why I keep it. ;-)
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From:kotturinn
Date:January 14th, 2015 10:37 am (UTC)
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Lovely to see how it's developed over the year! Thanks.
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From:meathiel
Date:January 14th, 2015 01:26 pm (UTC)
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Garden is looking good. I'm always amazed to see how many different veggies people grow in theirs ...
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From:pundigrion
Date:January 14th, 2015 05:23 pm (UTC)
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That hebe is wild looking!

I'm about 99.3% certain your fuzzy silver creeper there is called lamium or dead nettle, most likely Lamium maculatum It can be crazy invasive, but handy for covering spots other things don't like to grow in. I can't kill mine no matter how hard I try.

The lamiums are members of the mint family and are edible although I didn't find this out until after I'd finally managed to get rid of most of it. Now I have been tossing it onto the boulevard in hopes it will do better than the sad, sad grass.
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From:meri_sielu
Date:January 14th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
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Your garden is looking gorgeous, so colourful <3
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From:tatjna
Date:January 14th, 2015 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I love flowers. ;-)
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From:t_c_da
Date:January 15th, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
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Our cabbages are also succumbing to cabbage moths, and we went away camping for 4 days last week, returning to a GIANT Zucchini that wasn't even pickable when we left. Our tomatoes, however, are going gangbusters on all fronts, with one ready to pick tonight even.

We completely rebuilt our vege garden with help from 5i so most of our veges are running a bit late.

Well done you on an interesting collection of plants, though...
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From:goddessofchaos
Date:January 15th, 2015 10:07 am (UTC)
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It looks great! I really miss having a garden.
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