The sun is here again, yeah! I think we all need a good week of winter sun after the recent weather extremes. Our soil moisture levels are well up again in Taranaki as I guess they are in the rest of New Zealand; it is a great time for planting and giving our gardens a good makeover.
5 June 2013 has just past and for those of you who were not aware it was World Environment Day & Arbor Day. Arbor Day is held annually throughout the world; it is a day for planting trees and to recognise and remember the importance of trees in our society. The first Arbor Day was held on the 10 April 1872 in America, founded by Julius Sterling Morton. He was concerned by the deforestation of the Great Western Plains of America. New Zealand’s first Arbor Day planting was in Greytown in the Wairarapa in 1890.
I recently helped Oakura School with their Arbor Day project. They were the recipients of a ‘Treemendous School Makeover’, funded by Project Crimson, the Mazda Foundation and Taranaki Tree Trust. The project involved transforming the kikuyu and gorse covered back hillside into an outdoor classroom with a small orchard, a camp site and a native arboretum. It was pouring with rain, but still we had 300 people turn up to help plant 1000 plants. Yesterday our family helped with another planting of 900 plants – with a vision to establish a rimu forest.
So yes, now is most definitely a good time for planting, it enables plants to establish good root growth before the dry of summer. Our plants are mostly grown in pots rather than open ground, so it is possible to plant all through the year, though if planting in mid- summer greater care is needed to ensure plants are kept well watered.
We have had some really good orders coming in and unfortunately have sold out of some lines (we always have more stock coming on). A couple of varieties that we have good numbers of and are worth considering are:
- Altona – fantastic pink or blue flowers, is happy in sun or shade, great for a windy site or a coastal garden, or planted as a hedge. As a bonus the flowers age beautiful antique tones in the autumn.
- Renate Steiniger is another wonderful variety, it should be a standard for anyone wanting a ‘top’blue hydrangea. It achieves its blue colour very quickly, when other varieties may take 2 or 3 years. This variety too has striking autumn colours of crimson, green and metallic blue.
Janica and Quin Amoore Woodleigh Nursery 300 Mountain Road RD 3 New Plymouth 4373
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