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A colchicum is not an autumn crocus

It is that time of year, dear Readers, when it is time to remind some of you, that the larger bloom to the right is NOT a crocus. 338 more words

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A sense of place

I illustrate this column with a few photos of gardens that have struck a particular chord, enduring in my memory long past the experience of visiting them. 911 more words

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A touch of Tikorangi around the world

We are generally accustomed to seeing Jury plants growing in different parts of the world, though sometimes it generates a special thrill. A UK friend sent this photo of Magnolia Felix Jury in bloom at The Garden House in Devon last week. 291 more words

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Up the ladder

In a garden with many trees, ladders are a part of our life. While our son, Theo, and I have been down in the park clearing the ponds and the stream of invasive weeds (lots of heavy raking), Mark has been up the top doing a round of summer pruning. 424 more words

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On dry land - Christmas in Canberra

We spent Christmas in Canberra. Why Canberra, you may wonder. Or you may not. We are one of those New Zealand families where all three of our children have headed off into the merry blue yonder and the daughter with our first and only grandchild lives there. 829 more words

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"It's very personal"

I haven’t posted about the petrochemical development all around us for some time. It is not that it has gone away. No sirree, not at all. 878 more words

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From the air - then and now

When we moved in to the family home after the death of Mark’s father in 1997, there were a number of surprises. Some were more welcome than others but the two large format, aerial photos were particularly interesting. 549 more words

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