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GARDENING NEWS


The Oddly Exciting World of the Camellia

Named after a Czech Jesuit Botanist, originating from Southern and Eastern Asia, and known for their stunning flowers, Camellias have at times been oddly involved in some of the great upheavals that have shaped the modern world.




rhubarb tart

Rhubarb is easy to grow and incredibly delicious. There are many great rhubarb recipes out there, but this easy-to-make recipe is one of our favourites.




Herb of the Month: Horseradish

While they aren't a looker, their fabulous flavour should allow you to get past this. The peppery root of this member of the mustard family can be used in a variety of delicious ways. And it's healthy! Many even believe that it helps with weight loss, digestion, reducing blood pressure and improving heart health.




Continuous Winter Colour

Avoid having a drab and dreary autumn and winter with this helpful guide. It'll teach you how to quickly and easily plant up a pot with a glorious mix of flowers that will change with the seasons.




To Prune or not to Prune

And when should I ask the question?

The first time I pruned unsupervised it seemed an easy task. I began staring at a quince thicket. But then, with secateurs and chainsaw in hand, I quickly demolished the thicket to uncover the pear tree below.




Guava Moth

Along with possums there is another unwanted Australian guest that can to cause our fruit trees problems. First found in Northland in 1997, 160 years after possums were first introduced, the Guava moth seems to be slowly making it's way south, and is now firmly established in certain areas of Auckland.




Tulips

Along with windmills, clogs and cheese, Tulips tend to make many of us think of a small, flat, picturesque European country. For despite first being first cultivated in Ottoman Empire, they became so popular in Holland that the demand massively increased the price of the bulbs, leading to them briefly being used in place of money.




10 Great Tropical Plants for Auckland

Escape to a tropical location this summer by bravely walking into your garden. There are a huge number of incredibly luscious tropical plants that can be easily grown in Auckland, but here are 10 of our favourites.

 




Daffodils

Boldly announcing the arrival of spring, Daffodils (Narcissus species) are easy to grow and will look fantastic for many springs to come. And despite what you might think, they come in an array of unusual and interesting shapes and colours.




Liven Up Your Indoors

Transform your living space and add a touch of x-factor with the addition of some plants. Indoor plants are a great way to freshen up a room, helping making the space seem softer and more inviting. And in many cases it's even good for you! Various studies have looked at the benefits of houseplants which can include filtering the air and increasing your sense of wellbeing. 



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