Celebration planting

Celebration planting

 Just after I had the plaster cut off my arm, I walked down the street past a plant shop. This bright splash of colour – a polyanthus – caught my eye, and I thought, I must have that to celebrate! Then I saw the brick-red pansy with its large cheerful...
From the tree tops

From the tree tops

The holiday park where we stayed in KeriKeri is surrounded by a mix of native bush and Australian gums. The gums are mature, and magnificent. Their bark has peeled long ago and the trunks are smooth and white, like new skin.In the morning, as we were eating our...
Those small touches

Those small touches

Our family travelled north to KeriKeri over the weekend, to visit our ailing 95 year old elder. She always loved her garden, but since being in a Rest Home has no plants to tend. We stayed in a ‘tourist flat’ where the new owners are tending their huge...
Jade plant in spring

Jade plant in spring

Here we are, between blossoming and leafing. As I wait for the leaves to appear on the trees all around me, my attention is drawn to the jade plant on my balcony. Its leaves are brightening, and the new growth is bright yellow, with red tips. I think of butterfly...
Seeds sprouting

Seeds sprouting

Sometimes I forget that I’ve carefully planted some seeds – that is, until they brightly sprout. This morning I received this magazine in the post – the spring issue of Organic NZ. And inside was this article that I sent them many months earlier....
My friendly neighbourhood

My friendly neighbourhood

I live in a friendly neighbourhood. If someone has a surplus, they share it with others. My breakfast grapefruit is from a box- full that a neighbour up the road puts outside his house each year. Other people create gardens on the street. Here’s one, planted...
Evening magic

Evening magic

The sunsets last week were glorious. One night I saw the glow of evening making beautiful patterns on the agave plants. I had to be quick, but I managed to catch the magic before it faded. Sometimes we just need a piece of magic to remind us of the wonder of being...
A mythic spectacular

A mythic spectacular

Just before the fireworks began downtown on Friday night, the spectacular Opening Ceremony of the Rugby World Cup took place at Eden Park.I’ve just watched it for the second time, on TV on demand. I feel so proud of NZ for putting on such a fabulous piece of...
Fireworks

Fireworks

To my surprise and delight, I had a glimpse of the fireworks last night from my balcony. Sometimes, it was just a flash on the periphery. Others flared up beautifully, and lingered in the sky long enough to photograph. And then there were the moments when I received...
Waka sailing in

Waka sailing in

It’s been a beautiful day in Auckland today and the big party to open the Rugby World Cup began on the waterfront at 4 pm. Bunting is hanging everywhere along the streets. This man was hanging out his flags, and feeling proud of the display. He waved when I took...
Gift of fragrance

Gift of fragrance

On my doorstep yesterday, I discovered a gift from a dear friend. She was thinking of our family, and the funeral that took place yesterday for my granddaughter’s boyfriend of 3 years, and she wanted me to have a fragrant plant that she knows I love: daphne. Not...
In the Green Lane

In the Green Lane

Walking around Greenlane hospital this morning, I wondered what signs of regeneration there were to lift the spirits of sick and injured people. The trees are still bare, although the one on the left is showing a brightening of the twigs, which are turning yellow. But...
Bitter-sweet

Bitter-sweet

Alongside the beauty and fragrance of spring, comes shock and grief.My granddaughter’s boyfriend of three years died last night from an accident. He was only 17.Sometimes the flowering of youth is blasted by tragedy.Nature is flowering.I am...
Spring flowering

Spring flowering

Flowers were blooming all along the way as I took my morning walk. A plethora of flowers. Do not linger to gather flowers to keep them, but walk on, for flowers will keep themselves blooming all your way. —Rabindranath...