Our lawn has a good cover at last. It doesn’t pay to look at it too closely – there is a lot of weed. There are still piles of topsoil, mulch, stones and timber posts dotted around – all work in progress. That small dot in the distance is Roger on the ride-on Walker mower. He takes about 3 hours to mow it all.
The pond is still leaking and will have to be lined – a job for the summer.
My pride and joy! The rhubarb has been hugely successful. Not an elegant garden, using surplus piles from the house site jammed up against the tanks and filled with top soil from the house site topped with a thick coating of compost from the Fonterra factory at Kauri and liberally dressed with a balanced fertiliser and blood and bone. The plants came from three sources (friends) and seem much the same. I have picked it at least 6 times in less than a year.
It is unfair to show you just the good things in the garden. September has been cold and very windy. We are getting much more wind from the west and south west than we had anticipated. It has given all the tender young plants a hard time this spring. These two Kentia palms have had a very hard time – the fronds have been completely shredded and I thought they would probably die. But closer inspection shows they both have new fronds emerging so I think these tough palms will survive. I have thickened up the plantings to the west with some tough plants—over planted I am sure but I guess we can cut some out later if it gets too crowded.