Category Archive: gardening

Holy of holies

Holy of holies

kawakawa [Macropiper excelsum]. The leaves are usually hole punched by the green Kawakawa Looper moth [Cleora scriptaria] caterpillars. The leaves can be used for healing purposes and, rather than being a disadvantage, the leaves with the most holes are considered the best with the strongest concentrations of active ingredients.

 

Umbels

Umbels

There was a slight break in the rain this afternoon. I couldn’t resist the opportunity to dash out and grab a few shots of the glorious parsley flowers. I love them.

 

Winter solstice

Winter solstice

Rather than snow on the shortest day, our ornamental cherry is covered in lichen. It’s great not having snow, but the lichen is not a …

 

The summer day

The summer day

I walk past this elm tree most days on the way to and from work. I’ve feel a bit a of a relationship with it …

 

Heart beat

Heart beat

Our kitchen is unlikely to feature in any fashionable magazine. Ever. It’s not that kind of place. No, our kitchen is more likely to be found …

 

Bloom where you’re planted

Bloom where you’re planted

Earlier this year I saw this statement somewhere. Somewhere. Who knows we you see anything these days? I read all day every day and I …

 

A gift of roses

A gift of roses

When I was a kid we used to visit my grandparents. My grandparents scared me. We lived quite a distance apart and we didn’t get …

 

Sea of madness

Sea of madness

I noticed the ducks seemed to be swimming in a sea of verdant spring growth today. The idea was just the kind of tonic I …

 

Garden of earthly delight

Garden of earthly delight

We are very happy with our lemon tree – perhaps more accurately, we are very happy with the lemons on our lemon tree. We’ve been …

 

Blue notes

Blue notes

My mum was born on February 1 – today was her birthday. She died a couple of years back, and I still miss her very …