It can be hard to predict whether you'll need a sun or a rain
umbrella at Christmas time in Dunedin.
Bursting with vibrant pockets of colour, the rock garden at
Dunedin Botanic Garden boasts a bounty of treasures tucked
into every available space.
Some plants have a wow factor and others not so much.
The rose season starts this weekend with the Otago Rose
Society's annual show at Forbury Park Raceway.
Now the swathes of main season rhododendron colour have
largely fallen away, a small, much more modest species has a
chance to attract some attention.
If only we had a fried bread plant, then along with Eutaxia
myrtifolia, the ''egg and bacon'' plant, we could have a full
Spring is an ideal time for planting, with plenty of warm
weather and soil moisture to help your plants settle into
their new homes.
My grandmother, on church flower duty, once displayed the
most beautiful vase of gorse in full bloom, much to the
horror of her very staid mother.
Most perennials are grown for their flowers.
For me, as a gardener from far away, the otherness of the New
Zealand native flora is thrilling.
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