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marigold madness in the garden

Focus On One Thing At A Time

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learnt from having a garden is: Don’t make a garden so big that you can’t look after it! It has been such a huge lesson for me – both in the garden and in life. The same goes with my business. I am learning that to Focus on One […]
February 26, 2014 0

Nature as Teacher

I was up early this morning for a walk. A lovely light kohu had settled on the land and then an hour later it lifted. I learnt something about mist this morning. I watched it dance over a harakeke plant as it slowly descended. I didn’t know it did this. I first thought it was […]
February 21, 2014 0
Project Sunshine Aotearoa

Project Sunshine Aotearoa

Project Sunshine Aotearoa is a wonderful project! And the folk at Project Sunshine’s aim is to: “create beautiful spaces and plantings in Aotearoa, New Zealand. We provide people with sunflower seeds so that everyone can create living works of art by planting sunflowers en masse in their local communities.” Please read the Project Sunshine Blog for more […]
November 4, 2013 0
Flax Flower Blooms Again

How Does Your Flax Flower Grow?

I discovered something about the Flax Flower recently. I went to one of our plants as I thought it was done flowering. It was the first to flower out of all our flax plants and then I arrive there to see a whole set of new flowers ready to open! WOW – shows how much notice […]
October 29, 2013 0
Tui in Our Garden - Jo Tito image

Gardening With Love

Tending to the Garden is like looking after a child. Wondering purposefully around the garden this morning checking in with the different vegetables, flowers and herbs, I realised, this is a full time job! Especially when first establishing the garden.  But the rewards are many and that is what keeps me going. I love being […]
October 22, 2013 0
Backyard Garden in Progress

The Garden is On!

It has been one heck of a week in the Garden! I’ve laid two new gardens – one for strawberries and the other is a mix of things: geranium, bok choy, poppies, hebe, and gooseberries. Probably a few other things in there too! I’m not sure how well all these things will grow together but […]
October 14, 2013 0
What is this weed?

What is this Weed?

Someone said the other day, you will never find the same Weeds in a garden each year. And from observing the garden every year, there is some truth in that. Some weeds come back always but there have been some new ones that I haven’t seen before. And this is one! This plant popped up […]
October 4, 2013 0
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Garden Connection

I have to post this! Today my partner went through the Garden with the weed-eater (oh no!) and took out all my edible weeds, dandelions and other wild flowers! I was SO upset – I can’t believe how upset I was! I didn’t think I would be so upset about the garden full of weeds […]
September 28, 2013 0
Basil Delight

Basil Delight

The heading “Basil Delight” was the first to come in to my mind when thinking about the delicious smell that dry Basil leaves and seeds leave in a room. I’ve been sorting through the seeds for the past few days and the smell is still here! Last summer, we enjoyed ONE small bowl of basil […]
August 17, 2013 0
Design by Observation

Permaculture Design – An Introduction

I was listening to a Permaculture video the other day and it is probably one of the BEST I’ve seen yet! It is called: Introduction to Permaculture Design. You can see it here: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/introduction-to-permaculture-design I took notes while watching so below are thoughts that resonated with me as I listened: A sustainable system produces more energy […]
August 10, 2013 0
Korari Appears Early

Korari Appears Early

Last month, the kōrari (flax flower) appeared – TWO months early! It is a sure sign of the times and the change in climate that we are experiencing all over the planet. I was sitting yesterday outside in the sun doing my work and actually getting burnt in the sun! In the middle of winter!  […]
August 8, 2013 0
Nature's Water Magnified

Feet in Water

It was nice to step out in bare feet today, to feel the earth beneath my feet and squish my feet in the water that had fallen over the past few days. And the sun came out again. Isn’t it amazing how the weather can affect our inner landscape? I love the rain but when […]
August 5, 2013 0
Water Patch

My Magic Garden

I’ve decided to start this blog to document my journey to create “my magic garden”. The garden I am creating will be based on permaculture principles, throw in some intuition and a whole lot of creativity! We live on a small urban section in little Gisborne on the East Coast of the North Island Aotearoa […]
July 28, 2013 0