Gardening

Sometimes a little change is all it takes

Jillian Arnold said that when she first arrived in Pukekohe four years ago she was given an orchid by a mum and daughter as a welcome gift. While this Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis Orchid) was in bloom when she received her gift, the plant has been sulking ever since and refused to flower. All it took though was a small change […]

Franklin shows off Fuchsia

The 19th Franklin Fuchsia show was held last Friday and Saturday with many coming through the doors to see the displays and purchase flowers. The highly anticipated show, held at Waiuku’s Civic Centre was yet another success and saw fuchsia fans from all over the North Island attend. Gloria Underwood from Dargaville was the champion of the show with her […]

Flower and Floral Art show a sweet success

Waiau Pa held their annual Flower and Floral Art show on 11-12 November. The show was originally part of the women’s division of the Waiau Pa Federated Farmers Club. The show began in the early 1940s, and when the Waiau Pa Federated Farmers Club closed down, lady members of the Women’s division carried on with the flower show. It has […]

Gardening with Ruth 21 November 2017

At the end of October we took a week long break in the South Island. What a glorious time of year to visit that part of this beautiful country. We traveled out to Mount Cook and it was as clear as a bell. The camera got a good work out that day! I was extremely envious of my cousin’s gardens […]

Gardening with Ruth – September 2017

Well spring is officially here! Many fruit trees will be bursting with blossom now. Spray stone fruit trees with copper to protect from leaf curl disease. This needs to be done before the blossom is on the tree. One or two flowers are OK but not a tree looking beautiful in pink. In mild areas, where frosts have finished or aren’t […]

Gardening with Ruth- 1 August

I need to be careful what I wish for! Last month I wrote that our water tank was not very full. Within two weeks of my column being in the Post the tanks were overflowing! The rain has hardly stopped since. The garden is looking very forlorn at the moment. I must confess that I have not been out in […]

Gardening Pest- Harlequin Ladybird

Reports of sightings of the invasive harlequin ladybird in the North Waikato are not yet a cause for concern, according to Ministry of Primary Industries for the area. MPI Recovery and Pest Management senior adviser Brad Chandler said reports had been sent in from Pokeno right down to Huntly. It feeds on aphids, usually from willow, oak, maple and poplar trees. This has made […]


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