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3 Cheers for a normal Summer!

February is here, surely the worst Summer month in the garden (some would argue the worst month, period) The days are the hottest and the sun is the sizzliest. Trying to get new little things in the ground to fill...
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The big heat descends…

We've certainly had some hot days already this Summer, some records I believe. We've also had some nice dousings of rain, a hail storm, a 7mil and a glorious 21 mil last week. Glad to say we missed out on...
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The Silly Season is here!

Christmas done and dusted, how lucky we all are to be in NZ and gather with our families at this time, unlike most of the world. My family gathering was a bit early, we celebrated on the 23 rd while...
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One more Open Day!

On Sunday we'll be hosting the last open day for 2020. What an interesting and tumultuous year it has been. Including in the world and in the garden. We'll forget the whole world thing at the moment, and concentrate on...
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This must be what we were waiting for!

Ah November! It is definitely the month if you're a rose grower. And November 2020 is certainly shaping up to be a good one in the garden. Most years as November approaches I think the roses are going to be early,...
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Is it in the genes?

I'm not talking rose genetics here, but human...My life has been pretty well made up of horses and gardens. I grew up in the suburbs with parents not too interested in animals, but both heavily into gardening. However, both my...
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In the blink of an eye…

I only wrote a week ago and it was winter then, but we seem to have turned a corner on Sunday at the Open day and suddenly the garden is feeling like Spring. The mounds of aquilegia foliage are all...
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The antici…pation continues.

Well they said it was Spring 16 days ago, but I'm still waiting for mine to arrive. We've had as many frosts in Spring (4) as we had all Winter. The "Spring" frosts are a lot harder on the plants...
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Open Garden & Nursery

Sunday, 20 September 2020 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Yippee, Spring is here and it’s time for our open days to start up again! Our first one will be on the 20th of September, the nursery is FULL and the...
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A little overdue

Somehow July got away on me , not sure how that happened...I started a late June blog as follows... "I must write a shortest day blog, the Winter Solstice is such a milestone in the year. As far as I...
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All go in the Garden

The rains have well and truly come and whilst we have slipped into June and supposedly Winter, the plants and grass are still feeling quite frisky and obviously feel the need to make up for lost drought time. I was...
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Freedom in so many ways!

May has bought the breaking of the drought early in the month for us, we scored nearly 100 mils of rain over about 5 days. Such blessed relief! Freedom from watering the garden until next summer, and the nursery for...
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The roller coaster that is life at the moment…

1 month since last I wrote...and soooo much has happened! First up Lockdown happened and we had to cancel the Open Day. Lockdown is obviously a terrible thing for many people. My daughter, for instance, relies on retail therapy and...
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Garden Therapy.

It is a well known, pretty much scientific, fact, that getting your hands dirty is good for the soul. In all this global pandemonium about washing your hands, no mention is made of the benefits of dirtying them. Not in...
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Autumn open day

Grassroots Roses Autumn open day Sunday 29th March, 10am-4pm Come get some healthy country air Come and join us for another open nursery and gardens. A great range of old-fashioned roses and perennials available for sale, as well as country...
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Three cheers for Autumn!

So happy that we can officially declare Summer over! We were very lucky last week with a delightful 20 mils of rain. It certainly couldn't be declared a drought breaker, there is still no feed for anything and the ground...
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The Arid Garden

It's been hard to create any enthusiasm to write a post this month. My daily garden tours are not something to look forward to, as they mostly just involve "what's died today..." We have a good  bore here, but also...
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Scary times ahead…

It is still early January, and in our district, despite a recent unseasonal cold spell (over as of today!) the Spring-like cold and terrible wind have produced zero moisture and we are fast approaching drought conditions. I know some of...
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BORING!!!!!

As of 2 weeks and 1 day ago I've had an ankle fusion. Today I had the slab of concrete replaced with a sexy purple fibreglass cast. And guess what? It's still just as boring. And it hurts more... so....the...
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Open day – It’s that time of year again…

Open day Sunday 1st Dec. Still plenty coming on in the nursery and lots of new roses for sale too. Ah November! How could I have intimated last month October could be better? How could the promise of things to...
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