Kia hora te manno
Kia whakapapa paumamu te moana
Kia tere te Karohirohi

May the calm be widespread
May the sea glisten like the greenstone
And may the glimmer of summer dance across your pathways

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bounty from my garden

I have had a busy summer and have only a little put away for the winter months. There are also beans, strawberries and blueberries in the freezer.

Blackberry jelly, pickled beans, zucchini relish

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

The shade garden...then & now

Early 2009 this shaded area beside the house was crying out for more than a bare place where nothing but a few weeds and leaves from the trees covered the ground.

I didn't really have a definite plan, rather the garden evolved as I placed rocks to build small beds.

It was a little like doing a jigsaw puzzle. I just placed the rocks where I thought they fit, and voila! a garden was born.

The garden beds were filled with topsoil and a whole lot of rich compost.

2011 and here is what the beds are looking like so far. I will be adding more plants as I can afford to. I have ferns, hellebore, primroses, wild strawberry plants as a ground cover, and a few other plants I can't remember the names of right now.

This past week I have started spreading bark mulch on the path, still have more to do on this project.

A few weeks ago, this moss and fern bed was created.