It may be “Tropic Glow”- they are very similar, being siblings. A very strong growing variety and repeat flowering it is a vibrant colour. This large plant was lifted from my old garden where there were plenty of others. I cut it back hard and set it down on top of the soil under a totara tree until I had a home for it here in the courtyard. It has taken a year but its first flowering is spectacular and it is growing away strongly.
We have just been in the South Island on holiday. I managed to get to Maple Glen, an amazing garden between Invercargill and Gore. I had previously visited in autumn and summer so it was exciting to see it in late spring.
The mollis azaleas were at their peak and spectacular. The maples were wonderful too. Always in this garden the collection of conifers provides structure, texture and colour throughout. There are some very superior specimens.
Water is a dominant feature with flowing streams, ponds and the larger lakes which have been added in recent years. They were showing off their wildlife of geese and swans with their young.
The bluebells and daffodils were over and the wisteria climbing a huge poplar was on its last legs. You can never see everything in one visit in such a large, diverse garden as this. If you ever get the chance visit this garden go.
Their website is worth visiting to get the background of this fascinating garden and the nursery catalogue. They deliver throughout NZ – mainly perennials.
This narrow area on top of the stone wall is progressing well. The shelter and warmth of this site has allowed considerable growth over the winter.
Boccania frutescens or Tree Poppy is quite rampant and has almost hidden the pretty blue of the prostrate Ceanothus “Blue Carpet”.
Heliotrope “Cherry Pie” has flourished, flowering almost immediately I planted it out, scenting all around.
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.
I covered the strawberries with netting just in time as the first fruit reddened. It smelled delicious but the taste was disappointing—we haven’t had enough heat yet.
I’ve tried using coconut matting as a mulch this year. It should keep the berries clean – I’m not sure how much moisture it will let through.
In the recent gale strength winds this swallow’s nest was dislodged and deserted by the time we found it. There is quite a bit of mud in its walls but the interior is extremely soft and the eggs tiny.
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.