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Urban living - Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' and wheelie bins

Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’. Again. Beloved of landscapers and non-gardeners alike, it is even more popular in Australia than in New Zealand. For readers who continue to think that the name ‘Little Gem’ means this is a dwarf tree that will only reach two or maybe three metres high, I offer you these plants photographed from Sydney daughter’s third floor balcony. 366 more words

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After a wait of 17 years - flowers!

When I published my article on The Golden Camellias of China and Vietnam back in early June, I added an excited postscript noting that one of our plants of a yellow species was about to bloom for the first time. 443 more words

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Why do so many New Zealanders hate trees?

I read a report last week about leading Auckland mayoral candidate, Phil Goff’s plan to plant a million trees around Auckland.  Good luck on that one, Phil, I thought. 811 more words

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Reticulata camellias - from China with passion

There is a special thrill to seeing a plant in its natural habitat. The species are often very different to the plants we know and grow in our gardens. 767 more words

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Garden urns, pots and fonts

From statuary to urns – my mind is still on garden decoration.  I looked up the definition of an urn – “a tall, rounded vase with a stem and base” so I am stretching the limits with some of my squatter pots but they add to the garden ambience theme. 926 more words

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"Not exactly the Trevi Fountain" - statuary in the New Zealand garden

The slowdown in posts of late is not an indication of lack of active gardening here. Far from it. But I subscribe to a few gardening blogs and have come to the conclusion that there is a limit to how interesting it is to read the day to day minutiae of somebody else’s garden. 896 more words

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The start of a new gardening year - Magnolia campbellii

The start of a new magnolia flowering season has come to mark the start of a new gardening year for us. No matter that this occurs in July, in the depths of winter. 842 more words

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