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Piet Oudolf has changed the way we think about gardens.

Piet Oudolf has changed the way we think about gardens.
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It's time to tackle the new season in the garden

It's time to tackle the new season in the garden
Winter Bulbs

Get to know your winter bulbs

Get to know your winter bulbs
NZ ideas

Marlborough's hills, valleys and coastlines have seen much change over the past two hundred years.

Marlborough's hills, valleys and coastlines have seen much change over the past two hundred years.
Melianthus

Linda has long been smitten by the serrated blue leaves of Honeybush, Melianthus major.

Linda has long been smitten by the serrated blue leaves of Honeybush, Melianthus major.
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Join the Club!

Join the Club!
Kitchen

Linda is growing Lemons

Linda is growing Lemons
Meet Jane

Meet Jane Irwin, Landscape Architect

Meet Jane Irwin, Landscape Architect
Delicious

Try Robin's Lemon Delicious recipe

Try Robin's Lemon Delicious recipe
Lessons from a master

Here are 10 top tips for more exciting gardens from Great Dixter's Fergus Garrett.

Here are 10 top tips for more exciting gardens from Great Dixter's Fergus Garrett.
Video

VIDEO Bulbs are all about colour and fragrance. It’s good to wait until May when soils have cooled after that horrendous summer and so has the air temperature.

VIDEO Bulbs are all about colour and fragrance. It’s good to wait until May when soils have cooled after that horrendous summer and so has the air temperature.
GC Podcast

Sandra and graham talk about the veggie patch

Sandra and graham talk about the veggie patch
Meet Anna

Meet Anna van der Gardner, Resident (and gardener), Bronte House

Meet Anna van der Gardner, Resident (and gardener), Bronte House
Meet John

Meet John Robb, Plant breeder, Paradise Plants

Meet John Robb, Plant breeder, Paradise Plants
Meet Tiffany

Meet heritage rose gardeneer, Tiffany Bignold

Meet heritage rose gardeneer, Tiffany Bignold
Staar of the Season: Daphne

Star of the Season: Daphne

Star of the Season: Daphne
Cuttings from the garden world

Cuttings from the garden world

Cuttings from the garden world

Garden Clinic Blog

What To Do This Week

What To Do This Week

As the cold weather continues its good to prune plants like bamboo, shell ginger, palms and canna. Feed native plants, in particular the hybrids, which will respond with fabulous flowering latte winter. Use a fertiliser specially for native plants. We love Bush Tucker (Neutrog). Cultivate between rows of vegetables using a single tine, made by removing two tines from a three-pronged cultivator. This opens the soil allowing air and water to penetrate and dislodges weeds.

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Winter Orchids

Winter Orchids

Dancing Lady (oncidium) is a captivating orchid, much more forgiving of bright light than the Moth Orchid. You can grow oncidium on bark slabs and in baskets and hang them in trees. With large fleshy pseudobulb and masses of roots, its prone to rotting if you over-water. Keep them between 18 - 22C during daylight and 10 – 18C at night and you will be rewarded with sprays of ‘dancing ladies’.

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What to do this week

What to do this week

The good news is that as winter arrives, weed growth slows. Here are a few jobs that will really make a difference.


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In the Vegie Patch … it’s time to plant rhubarb

In the Vegie Patch … it’s time to plant rhubarb

Winter vegetables are growing well in our patch despite the fact they don’t receive full day sunshine.


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Mad About Orchids

Mad About Orchids

Orchids, like our Stanhopea (Upside-down orchid) need feeding each month. So if, like me, you're mad about orchids take care of them now for the floral reward later. Here are some tips about three of my favourites to help make orchid care quick and easy.

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