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By dwyllis


As we are almost into February of 2012, & I have been so busy with additional duties at work that I haven’t had time to visit this site in more than fleeting bursts, I thought it might be time to put up a short blog with some pics before heading off to work again. Lots of weeding to catch up on, but still doing extra duties for a three weeks.

The blue Agapanthus border growing down the non-driveway side of our house. These are tall & have huge blooms.

The semi-shade corner in our newly-created side fenceline border. The NZ native clematis is now growing well, though we have just cut down a big tree on the other side of that fence, so it has lost some of its shade, so i’m a bit worried.

This dahlia is growing at the bottom of our back garden in a corner which I had planned to plant only NZ natives … it is growing happily between a recently-planted tree fern & a taller cabbage tree. Not sure if it will get left there or be moved elsewhere.

This is the same corner where the dahlia above is growing. Everything appears to be developing well, apart from a lovely crimson native flax which something unseen is decimating. The flowering cherry tree we planted about 4 months ago, is doing very well.

I can’t remember what this daisy is called … it could be one of the osteospermums I have put in. Whatever it is, it is giving us a lovely show of flowers, which we can enjoy when we look out of our lounge windows.

This unruly area is at the top of our driveway, next to our weatherboard garage. Not planted by us, but looking lush. Lots of cana lily leaves there, but just two flowers so far. Some blue Agapanthus.

My lovely young NZ-bred Rose Waimarie, covered in blooms when all my other roses having finished flowering.

Our first yellow Cana Lily … the other flower is red.

Lovely colour on this tall Phlox.

The latest view of our newly-created side fenceline border. That variegated tree showing at the back over the fence, was growing in our small front area, but sadly its roots were pushing out the brick retainer wall, & it had grown way too big for that small area & the power & phone lines were getting caught up in the branches. So David cut it down last week … I hated to see it go, but nothing apart from weeds would grow in the shade beneath it, & now that it is gone, the whole area is bathed in sunlight & the front garden looks double its size.

Wallflowers & penstemon in the side garden.

This beautiful big Hydrangea is growing in the front garden up against the house of my one my neighbours.

The fury of Mother Nature still bringing the hill down in the Manawatu gorge half an hour drive from me. The gorge has been closed for months, but that hill is determined to come down, it seems to me.

Beautiful roses in bloom across the road in front of the church.

This is part of the lovely front garden of another of our neighbours. It’s such a pretty house with such a lovely garden. Something to aspire to.

Here is a small but cute 1890 NZ cottage just round the corner from us.

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Your agapanthus are so beautiful Dwyllis, the garden is looking wonderful and colourful so nice for us to see in this cold damp weather here. Lovely blog.

25 Jan, 2012


Really nice Dwyllis every time I see your pictures I get more impatient for spring to arrive here,can`t wait love the roses & the lilly.

25 Jan, 2012


Love the Agapanthus and Cannas! How lovely to see flowers and sunshine while we're all waiting for Spring to get our gardens going. Lovely photos. :o)

26 Jan, 2012


beautiful garden/gardens - wonderful plants - love the blue Agapanthus !! cute little ornament in the corner - the roses, and hydrangea is incredible!!! The daisies look like shasta Leucanthemum real crackers they are!!!

26 Jan, 2012


Agapanthus make such a statement in gardens....The dark blue ones especially.

26 Jan, 2012


A lovely browse round your garden which is coming on a treat, and I just love those daisies.

26 Jan, 2012


Gorgeous pink Rose Waimarie, lovely garden.

26 Jan, 2012


The Agapanthus and Hydrangea look soooo good 0 you are a good gardener! Jealous.

26 Jan, 2012


Beautiful Dwyllis:)

26 Jan, 2012


Hi Dwyllis, lovely to have so many flowers out, not like here, i have none:(

26 Jan, 2012


The weathermen have warned us of a Siberian coldsnap on the way, so it is nice to see your pictures to cheer us up. Agapanthus look fantastic...

28 Jan, 2012

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