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Friday 12th October, 2018
Yahoo 22mm is a good start for the weekend!
Coming up with a title for the weekly email can be a a tad tricky as you have to be careful about what different providers will let through. I hadn't really thought about October rain and then I suddenly thought that it was just so apt for this week as I think that it's the first real rain we have had this month. I just checked our rain gauge and there was a good 22mm in there and just in time too as things were starting to dry out.
It's good for keeping the ground nice and moist which makes gardening so much easier. It's also good
for planting as the plants will transplant and start to grow quickly with the now nice warm temps and the soil moisture. If you mulch now then this will help maintain soil moisture as we move towards summer, just don't forget that you mustn't build the mulch up around the stems of plants as this can cause the bark to rot which may kill your plant, so feather it down to nothing close to the plants. Mulch will also help water to be absorbed into the soil but remember that course or green mulch will steal Nitrogen from the soil in the short term so you may need to feed more with nitrogen rich ferts.
I know that Labour weekend, which is looming, is the traditional time to be planting your veg garden, well any planting really. Typically labour weekend is the point where the ground is meant to have warmed enough to start planting heat sensitive vege like beans, corn, basil etc. but if its a cold spring then it can still be a tad early. I'm thinking that it still might be a tad cool especially if they are forecasting cold weather down in the South Island which will make it cooler up here.
Argyranthemum frutescens ... stick to the common name LOL
Daisies... I struggle with the Latin name of Argyranthemum frutescens and so I usually stick with the nice and common name of Daisies, or perhaps more correctly Marguerite or Paris daisies. These beauties make an awesome show throughout spring and summer making them superb fillers in the garden. Last year Harry organised some large pots of daisies and they sat around on our patio area and just flowered and flowered. In fact they did such a good display we have made a small number these available this season if you are looking for a well grown plant. It's just a matter of keeping up with the watering and food for pots. They did have a slight lull when the main flush finished but a gentle cut back, food and water and they were back on total form in just 6 weeks.
Just know that Daisies are technically perennial shrubs and will thrive through our warm summers but may suffer in the Winter if they are totally exposed to the frost and the cold. In town and next to the house they may be in a micro climate that will suit them well. I think that you get good bang for your buck with a flowering plant like our marguerites as they seem to perform pretty easily and flower heaps compared to may annuals and other shrubs.
When trimming them don't cut back into brown wood but rather keep your pruning into the young fresh green wood as this will regenerate the best.
Calycanthus Hartlage Wine. Amazing what you find in flower out the back and I spied these Calycanthus Hartlage Wine just blooming away and so I moved them right up close to the shop with their pretty rusty maroon red flowers. Carolina all spice is there common name and maybe not so new but rather not so well known.
Dicentra spectabilis or Bleeding hearts appropriately named due to the red and white heart shaped flowers all along the stem, of the plants resembling bleed hearts... this pretty hearts prefer to be in dappled light and be provided with moist humus rich soil that is well drained.
Swan plants Asclepias fruticosa is the life's blood of the monarch butterfly and I think that this is the earliest that we have ever had these. Get them in and grow the plants large before they start getting devoured by those pretty catapillers.
Mimulus Jelly Bean... commonly known as Monkey Flower in it's native home of California because it sometimes resembles a monkeys face. The Jelly bean range is highly coloured and floriflorious plant. it is a drought resistant, sun loving plant that needs good drainage. From all accounts the bees love it.
Gorgeous limey yellow hop like flowers.. you see this fab shrub in all the English magazines and its a beauty in flower... I saw many of these in flower at the Hamilton gardens in the weeks that have gone past and they looked pretty cool... Grows to a handsome shrub of approx 1.5 to 2 metres and we still have some of these that we need tyo move so hence out they go at half Price... If you need a filler then this is your plant and they are quite a size right now.
Potatoes 50% off remaining bags of seed potatoes ... There is nothing like a boiled, home grown, freshly dug spud with lashings of butter,salt and pepper... This would have to be my fav way to have tatties but its time to have these in the ground and we want to move what we have left, so offer these at 50% off to clear.
Silky Oak. A rapid growing evergreen tree with, large handsome, fern like leaves that are deep green above and grey-green underneath. Once mature this tree has rich gold blooms that decorate the tree from spring to summer. Loves a warm position and well drained soil. A good tree choice for those that like top attract the birds
Philadelphus is on of those plants that are commonly known as mock orange due to its intense citrusy orange fragrance... As far as I know that they typically have white single flowers with that most amazing scent though I have seen a single that has like a blotch at the base of the petals.. Of course as in many species there are other cultivars and there are also quite a few Mock orange that have double white flowers and again with a powerful fragrance.
Birchlands Ang scored a deal of a Philadelphus called Birchlands... this one is a classic, single, white and fragrant flowers and the plants are about to pop into flower Anyways they would normally be $25.99 but these have $6.00 off to let them go out at just $19.99.
Now while on the subject of Mock Orange I have to let you know that we actually have three other cultivars and more unusual in the fact that they are all double flowered ... Take a gander at Frosty Morn, Virginalis, and Boule d Argent.
If you are going to trim your Philadelphus back then do this as soon as flowering has finished as they do flower on old wood or thin accordingly leaving a selection of old wood behind. Such an ideal plant for at the back of the border or just to fill a gap between other plants as these are typically tallish shrubs that reach approx 2 by 1.5 metres high and wide..
Helleborus Icebreaker... A selected form of 'Winter Rose' with clean white blooms that nestle just above the dark green foliage on a small compact bushy plant. Flowers from late winter to spring.......Just a handful left and these can go at half price to clear them out.
We have more kumara slips coming but it would pay to pre order as these will be our last on offer for this year... we will get them in the week of Labour weekend for orders and a few more to have for planting over Labour weekend. The delicate slips don't keep so please be prompt in collection and getting them into the ground. Don't forget to keep the slips moist until they strike because if the dry out they may become toast for the want of a better expression.
I sprayed the roses in the nursery because I knew that the rain was coming and they are looking just so good. They are full of buds that are going to start opening very soon and all of the standard roses are also looking amazing. As I wander through the nursery it struck me that we have come from a nursery of sticks to the most amazing hues of green and red that rose foliage offers and in another week or so it will be a riot of colour.
Hopefully the rain will give way for a fine weekend for all to enjoy... Its the last week of the school hols so have fun spending it with your kids. Perhaps they might like to help you garden or come out to nursery and visit ours.
Have a fabulous weekend.
Lloyd, Harry and the Wairere Team
Make it a Wairere weekend where even GNOMES know that gardening's not a drag.