The Wash: Show us your garden competition

These tulips made a spectacular showing in Tracey Clare’s garden in Palmerston last October with ‘‘quite a few locals’’ stopping to have a look. Photos supplied.
These tulips made a spectacular showing in Tracey Clare’s garden in Palmerston last October with ‘‘quite a few locals’’ stopping to have a look. Photos supplied.
Jude Dobbs took this photo last November during a shady stroll through her Oamaru garden, between...
Jude Dobbs took this photo last November during a shady stroll through her Oamaru garden, between the weeping Japanese maples.
Jenny Bryant, of Maori Hill, says: ‘‘This year I’ve grown many things in pots, mainly vegetables....
Jenny Bryant, of Maori Hill, says: ‘‘This year I’ve grown many things in pots, mainly vegetables. But for a change in the flower department I thought I would try lupins. They have done beautifully.’
Isla Tenbeth, of Andersons Bay, says she gets lots of enjoyment doing this sloping garden and...
Isla Tenbeth, of Andersons Bay, says she gets lots of enjoyment doing this sloping garden and then being able to look over it from her lounge and bedrooms.
Margaret Manning combines flowers with vegetables in her Ravensbourne garden, which she calls her...
Margaret Manning combines flowers with vegetables in her Ravensbourne garden, which she calls her ``garden of dreams''.
Roses and gypsophila feature in Sharron Mayfield’s garden in Mosgiel. The pink rose is ‘‘Paddy...
Roses and gypsophila feature in Sharron Mayfield’s garden in Mosgiel. The pink rose is ‘‘Paddy Stephens’’ and the white one is the delightfully perfumed ‘‘Margaret Merril’’.
Kerrie Hodgson says this stunning climbing rose (she doesn’t know its name) has been putting on...
Kerrie Hodgson says this stunning climbing rose (she doesn’t know its name) has been putting on quite a show in her East Taieri garden.
Coral Beattie, of Milton, says after 57 years her garden always manages a superb display in the...
Coral Beattie, of Milton, says after 57 years her garden always manages a superb display in the spring.
This bottlebrush tree was a colourful feature of Jenny Garth’s Musselburgh garden back in December.
This bottlebrush tree was a colourful feature of Jenny Garth’s Musselburgh garden back in December.
Colleen Smillie’s vegetable garden, on her Waipiata/Kyeburn Rd property, was brimming with great...
Colleen Smillie’s vegetable garden, on her Waipiata/Kyeburn Rd property, was brimming with great produce back in November.
Part of  Jan Robb’s small, compact garden in Alexandra with the rose ‘‘Burgundy Iceberg’’ in full...
Part of Jan Robb’s small, compact garden in Alexandra with the rose ‘‘Burgundy Iceberg’’ in full bloom.
Margaret MacArthur, of Dunedin, says some years ago she scattered some Shirley Poppy seeds in her...
Margaret MacArthur, of Dunedin, says some years ago she scattered some Shirley Poppy seeds in her garden. ``The bees do a wonderful job of cross-pollinating them, so every year I have poppies coming up in all different variations. Reds, pinks, corals...
These Livingstone daisies planted in an old wheelbarrow provide a real splash of colour for...
These Livingstone daisies planted in an old wheelbarrow provide a real splash of colour for Connie Masters, of Balclutha.
Jenny Campbell, of Grasmere, Invercargill, has the rose ‘‘Lavender Lassie’’ growing above her front fence through the greenery of a banksia rose that has finished flowering. ‘‘It has been a challenging growing season in Invercargill with a lot of wind but
Jenny Campbell, of Grasmere, Invercargill, has the rose ‘‘Lavender Lassie’’ growing above her front fence through the greenery of a banksia rose that has finished flowering. ‘‘It has been a challenging growing season in Invercargill with a lot of wind...
These ‘‘Iceberg’’ roses have been ‘‘amazing’’ this season for Pam and Earl Harrex at Lauder, Central Otago.  ‘‘Lauder has domestic water but no extra water for gardening,  so roses have nature’s rain — very limited where we live although a lot of rain bef
These ‘‘Iceberg’’ roses have been ‘‘amazing’’ this season for Pam and Earl Harrex at Lauder, Central Otago. ‘‘Lauder has domestic water but no extra water for gardening, so roses have nature’s rain — very limited where we live although a lot of rain...
The vegetables were thriving  last week in Wendy Miller’s Concord garden. ‘‘My husband built...
The vegetables were thriving last week in Wendy Miller’s Concord garden. ‘‘My husband built these raised gardens which are great. We have grown broccoli, cauliflower, corn, beans, spring onions and courgettes in them. As you can see, the vegetables...
Daphne Norman, of Alexandra, has entered this photo of her great-granddaughter, Isabelle Norman ...
Daphne Norman, of Alexandra, has entered this photo of her great-granddaughter, Isabelle Norman (3), of Wanaka, picking flowers from her bed of wild flowers to take home
Peggy Jamison, of Wakari, says this dahlia is 28cm across — ‘‘but they can grow larger"
Peggy Jamison, of Wakari, says this dahlia is 28cm across — ‘‘but they can grow larger"
Jenny Campbell, of Grasmere, Invercargill, has the rose ‘‘Lavender Lassie’’ growing above her front fence through the greenery of a banksia rose that has finished flowering. ‘‘It has been a challenging growing season in Invercargill with a lot of wind but
Jenny Campbell, of Grasmere, Invercargill, has the rose ‘‘Lavender Lassie’’ growing above her front fence through the greenery of a banksia rose that has finished flowering. ‘‘It has been a challenging growing season in Invercargill with a lot of wind...
Treasures ‘‘harvested’’ last December from Leonie Campbell’s garden in Waiareka Junction, Oamaru...
Treasures ‘‘harvested’’ last December from Leonie Campbell’s garden in Waiareka Junction, Oamaru include roses ‘‘City of London’’ (white/pink) and ‘‘Dublin Bay’’ (red) and some delphiniums.
Kaitrin McMullan’s Northeast Valley property includes this ‘‘hanging garden of Boobalon’’, a...
Kaitrin McMullan’s Northeast Valley property includes this ‘‘hanging garden of Boobalon’’, a blooming bra garden and a whiteware installation — ‘‘ as part of a recycling ethos combined with Caledonian thrift’’.
Lynne Huggins, of Invercargill, says the lovely display of Filipendula rubra (‘‘Queen of the...
Lynne Huggins, of Invercargill, says the lovely display of Filipendula rubra (‘‘Queen of the Prairie’’) gives the veranda at her Folster Gardens B and B a soft touch.
 One of Lorraine Miller’s chooks (dubbed Lady Gaga) stepped into shot just as Lorraine was taking...
One of Lorraine Miller’s chooks (dubbed Lady Gaga) stepped into shot just as Lorraine was taking the photo of her little wildflower garden ‘‘down by the gate, grown from a packet of seeds’’ in the Catlins.
Irises were a feature of Anne Ramage’s garden  in Musselburgh, back in November.
Irises were a feature of Anne Ramage’s garden in Musselburgh, back in November.
One of Nancy Lawson’s sunflowers, which have grown to almost 3m in height this year, in her...
One of Nancy Lawson’s sunflowers, which have grown to almost 3m in height this year, in her Mosgiel garden.
A lily ‘‘more than 5 feet high’’ is complemented by nicotiana and dianthus in Gaylene Holland’s garden in Balfour, Southland. Photos supplied.
A lily ‘‘more than 5 feet high’’ is complemented by nicotiana and dianthus in Gaylene Holland’s garden in Balfour, Southland. Photos supplied.
Roses are a feature of Glenda Butler’s garden in Dunedin, with ‘‘Just Joey’’ in the foreground (a gift after her husband’s brother died) and three Flower Carpets (white) behind.
Roses are a feature of Glenda Butler’s garden in Dunedin, with ‘‘Just Joey’’ in the foreground (a gift after her husband’s brother died) and three Flower Carpets (white) behind.
The striking orange flowers of the Chinese Trumpet Creeper (Campsis grandiflora) provided spectacular summer colour in Jan Walker’s garden on the Frankton-Ladies Mile Highway, Queenstown.
The striking orange flowers of the Chinese Trumpet Creeper (Campsis grandiflora) provided spectacular summer colour in Jan Walker’s garden on the Frankton-Ladies Mile Highway, Queenstown.
Kay Clark’s photo shows part of her raised garden/rockery, with Hebe Hulkeana in flower, in St Clair.
Kay Clark’s photo shows part of her raised garden/rockery, with Hebe Hulkeana in flower, in St Clair.
Yvette Buttery, of Roslyn, calls this her ‘‘crater garden’’, with the grassy bank at right being part of the old cable car route, which ran from the top of Ross St to the junction of Falcon and Fraser Sts in Kaikorai Valley.
Yvette Buttery, of Roslyn, calls this her ‘‘crater garden’’, with the grassy bank at right being part of the old cable car route, which ran from the top of Ross St to the junction of Falcon and Fraser Sts in Kaikorai Valley.
On a hill near Balclutha, Diane Bennett’s garden is exposed to the gales after shelter belt trees were removed. But these sweet peas survived, even if the first plantings did not, proving persistence pays off.
On a hill near Balclutha, Diane Bennett’s garden is exposed to the gales after shelter belt trees were removed. But these sweet peas survived, even if the first plantings did not, proving persistence pays off.
Marilyn Dunn's lilies in South Otago. Photos supplied.
Marilyn Dunn's lilies in South Otago.
Donna Bryant's cottage on Highgate.
Donna Bryant's cottage on Highgate.
The sweet peas were thriving at Ann Wood’s Caversham garden in January.
The sweet peas were thriving at Ann Wood’s Caversham garden in January.
Part of  Suz Allison’s garden in Bannockburn this week.
Part of Suz Allison’s garden in Bannockburn this week.
Kathleen Dundass’ Cromwell garden at sunset — ‘‘So pleasant to sit on the deck and admire the...
Kathleen Dundass’ Cromwell garden at sunset — ‘‘So pleasant to sit on the deck and admire the colours’’.
Marie Cox says her Belleknowes garden was a pretty combination of colour last spring.
Marie Cox says her Belleknowes garden was a pretty combination of colour last spring.
Sitting on their deck with a morning coffee made all the dead-heading worthwhile this week,   Noeleen and Russell Lippert, of Concord, say.
Sitting on their deck with a morning coffee made all the dead-heading worthwhile this week, Noeleen and Russell Lippert, of Concord, say.
Terry Hannan’s vegetable garden in Weston in December.
Terry Hannan’s vegetable garden in Weston in December.
Nancy Graham has found a lovely way to decorate a V block retaining wall built by her husband,...
Nancy Graham has found a lovely way to decorate a V block retaining wall built by her husband, Doug, some 43 years ago at their Mosgiel home.
A combination of vegetables, roses and blue skies prove an eye-catcher at June Cross' Careys Bay...
A combination of vegetables, roses and blue skies prove an eye-catcher at June Cross' Careys Bay garden.
The old favourite climbing rose ``Dublin Bay'' features in part of Shirley Gough's colourful...
The old favourite climbing rose ``Dublin Bay'' features in part of Shirley Gough's colourful garden at Tomahawk.
 These poppies were a standout at Teresa Wasilewska's ``wild child'' garden at her North Otago...
These poppies were a standout at Teresa Wasilewska's ``wild child'' garden at her North Otago crib at Christmas/New Year - ``when we sat on the deck, enjoying the garden and company of friends and family, and felt absolutely no guilt at not having...
Adair Simpkin, activities co-ordinator at Elmslie House, Wanaka, has entered this photo to show...
Adair Simpkin, activities co-ordinator at Elmslie House, Wanaka, has entered this photo to show the ``wonderful garden that we all enjoy. Henri Sebelik works daily in this garden and says `working in the garden makes me feel rich'. Everybody, visitors...
Ralph Austin, of South Dunedin, says his vege plot is only 3.5m x 1.3m, but you can grow a lot in...
Ralph Austin, of South Dunedin, says his vege plot is only 3.5m x 1.3m, but you can grow a lot in a small area - lemons, grapes, passionfruit, parsley, lettuce, beetroot, carrots, radish, chive, tomatoes, runner and butter beans, potatoes, garlic,...
Gavin and Cathy Dann are sharing their Chapman Rd, Alexandra, garden with about 80 wild...
Gavin and Cathy Dann are sharing their Chapman Rd, Alexandra, garden with about 80 wild Californian quail at the moment. Says Gavin: '' This number will double in the winter ... usually with the onset of quail shooting season. My wife and I enjoy a...
When John and Shirley Bradley moved a year ago from Balaclava to Mosgiel, they had to downsize...
When John and Shirley Bradley moved a year ago from Balaclava to Mosgiel, they had to downsize their garden. Here are their raised gardens, flowers in one, vegetables in the other. Why the netting? John says the sparrows have given the lettuce and...
Daphne and Maurie Beuth have lived in this Oamaru property for only 18 months and have been `...
Daphne and Maurie Beuth have lived in this Oamaru property for only 18 months and have been ``extremely busy developing it since then. Maurie did the pond using a cylinder water feature from a previous garden, therefore a pond had to be constructed...
Claire Gray found this freesia flowering among the Chatham Island forget-me-not leaves in her...
Claire Gray found this freesia flowering among the Chatham Island forget-me-not leaves in her Milton garden in March 6. ``Perhaps no winter this year and have gone straight to spring. I wish.''
Roses are a feature of Fin and Carol Torrance's back garden in Main South Rd, Green Island.
Roses are a feature of Fin and Carol Torrance's back garden in Main South Rd, Green Island.
Betty (``the gardener'') and Syd (``the vegetable grower'') Broadley have had to fight off the...
Betty (``the gardener'') and Syd (``the vegetable grower'') Broadley have had to fight off the attention of possums (10 eliminated since January) in their vegetable and wild flower garden in Naseby.
Ginny Ind, of Ocean View, says: ``We have lived in NZ for over 21 years and there are many things...
Ginny Ind, of Ocean View, says: ``We have lived in NZ for over 21 years and there are many things I miss about England. One of them is wandering through the bluebell woods in spring, so I decided to try to create my own little bluebell patch here.''
Lesley and Bill McIntosh's large flower garden at their Thames Highway, Oamaru, property, which...
Lesley and Bill McIntosh's large flower garden at their Thames Highway, Oamaru, property, which also features a raised bed vegetable garden.

The Wash column is now working its way through publishing the 90-odd entries in its second garden photograph contest that has closed.

That being the case, it will take us some time to publish a selection of the entries in "The Wash" column in the ODT, so the winners of the eight $50 garden vouchers, being generously donated by Nichol's Garden Centres, won't be declared for a while yet.

My thanks to everyone who has taken the time to enter. It is most gratifying to see the contest's popularity has continued.

Remember also, the entries are also being published on The Wash-ODT's Facebook page  and are also linked to the Nichol's Facebook page - (www.facebook.com/NicholsGroup).

- by Dave Cannan, of The Wash. 

 

 

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