Photos from Around the Magic Garden

28. Feb, 2018

This is a "not so common" plant that originally came from my Mum's sister in Whakatane. It is one of those plants that flower first and then gets its leaves later. I don't always get flowers every year. The red one is the original. Behind it is a white version (in another pot) but it is not as spectacular as the red. I thought these flowered in Spring but maybe they are as confused as we are about the season we have been having: high Summer in Nov-Dec, wet and humid through Jan-Feb and now cool and wet. Our hottest, driest months are usually Feb. Maybe the plants think it is Spring again

28. Feb, 2018

There is a definite change of feeling to the air so I think Our Summer is coming to an end. The impatients however are still making a grand show all round the shady areas of the garden. This pot by the old bench is a good example. The yellow in the middle is a tuberous begonia but it hasn't done so well this year

1. Jan, 2018

They might not be as spectacular as some lilies but the old tiger lilies always bloom beautifully and make a bright splash of colour - and they are pretty much trouble free. The shape of them is interesting too - maybe something I could develop in thread?

1. Jan, 2018

Because the garden is mature and quite shady I use impatients to bring in splashes of colour. Here a group bloom beautifully in an old wheelbarrow under a totara tree just inside the gate. They make a cheerful goodbye as we leave the property

1. Jan, 2018

I am not good with roses. I don't like all the spraying involved to keep them nice but the carpet roses are a delight. They seem to just keep on giving. Cut back the dead heads and soon they are blooming again. This one was given to me as a thank you by a group that visited the garden a couple of years ago. It is the most amazing tangerine colour