Sunday digest

It’s Sunday, the weather seems to be warming up, the wheelbarrow’s squeaky wheel has been oiled, we’ve been pruning and trimming away the last of the old summer growth, the garden centres are filling up with plants again … and it’s about now that we start planning something “new” for the garden, ignoring the fact we hardly ever have “enough time” to keep what we do have under control.

Sigh, so I’ll read about gardening instead …

Abbie Jury has been thinking about the trend for “food forests”. Read her conclusions here. While here is a short piece on swapping in productive plants to a garden. And here’s a handy set of “modules” from BBC Gardening on how to plan a productive garden (remember it’s the northern hemisphere so swap everything round).

Lia Leendertz at The Guardian wishes for nothing more than a badly made garden path – so she can plant in and around it, although her throwaway line that she wears slippers to bring in the washing was perhaps more interesting! Anyway, her plan sounds like a poor man’s version of Prince Charles’ Thyme Walk at Highgrove – here’s a photo; the caption witters on about the organic garden but we’re looking at the Thyme Walk.

And while we’re over at National Geographic, here’s an article about an ancient, and giant, sequoia, the President – the second-largest tree on the planet. I read the original article in a battered magazine while waiting at the barber’s this week and was blown away by the photos.

Judy Horton is a Los Angeles garden designer who likes to stand inside a house and look out before planting anything. Read more about her approach here.

And don’t forget there are some great local events coming up, I know you’ll kick yourself if you miss them:

August 3:
Western BOP Camellia Society Show: 9.30am-4pm, Arts & Crafts Centre, Elizabeth St West, Tauranga (near the Takitimu Expressway). Besides the cut blooms on display, the show also features plant sales, many of the camellias unavailable elsewhere. Novice entrants welcome and you don’t have to know the names of your flowers to enter. Staging is on the Friday. For more information contact Janette, phone 544 5279.

Winter Warming Curries & Spices: 10am-3pm, Katikati Resource Centre, $5 (includes lunch). The annual Katikati Herb Society Midwinter Seminar includes a hands-on vegetarian curry workshop courtesy of Anu from Spice Traders. For more information phone Jenny Ager-Pratt, 552-0697.

August 7:
Te Awamutu Floral Art Club 45th Birthday, from noon, Te Awamutu Bible Chapel, Chapel Drive. The event includes a demonstration by Francine Thomas from 1pm. Tickets $15.

August 31:
Te Awamutu Daffodil Show, St Pat’s Hall, Alexandra St, noon-4pm.

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