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Her last butterfly (of the season)

It is a somewhat gloomy grey and damp day here today, brightened by a knock at the door. There stood a woman, slightly abashed. She had read a piece I wrote recently about… 105 more words

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Late Bloomers - the tree dahlias in autumn

The last clarion call of the autumn flowers here are the tree dahlias, wildly impractical plants to grow but I absolutely love them. There is nothing like their over the top blooms soaring skywards in late autumn.   783 more words

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Tramps in the garden. Trampolines, for the avoidance of doubt.

My final article when I wrote for the Waikato Times was on washing lines.  Before the axe fell upon my contributions (replaced, I was, by syndicated copy which is “generic” in  nature, shall I say?), I always intended to follow up at some stage with a piece on that other awkward feature of so many New Zealand gardens – the children’s trampoline. 833 more words

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Introducing (drum roll please) Daphne Perfume Princess

By the time a new plant bred by Mark finally gets released onto the market, it has been a part of our lives for so many years that it no longer feels new or exciting to us. 397 more words

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Human design vs nature's ways

“… he relays a story … about living with the American landscape architect Dan Kiley on the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont in the late 1950s, and of the Kiley’s eight children, ‘living wild like an independent tribe’. 617 more words

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A brief diversionary activity for moments of extreme boredom

Should you need a minor diversion in your life, may I introduce you to the brief amusement of the DIY Monet site offered by our national museum, Te Papa? 115 more words

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Garden adornment

The owners of this garden admitted to me that they were very nervous about what I would think of their garden, given my strong opinions about over-ornamentation. 628 more words

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