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Updated on August 30, 2011

Glorious Garden Flowers and the Veggie Plot

Glorious Wisteria with white Lacecap Hortensia
Glorious Wisteria with white Lacecap Hortensia
Silver wormwood contrasted with Pink Rhododendron
Silver wormwood contrasted with Pink Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Australian Bottle Brush
Australian Bottle Brush
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Decorated wall with Clematis and pelargoneums at the local plant Nursery
Decorated wall with Clematis and pelargoneums at the local plant Nursery
Vegetable plot in Spring time
Vegetable plot in Spring time
Plants ready to set out
Plants ready to set out
Sometimes things don't work out as planned!
Sometimes things don't work out as planned!
azalea in a wonderful flame color
azalea in a wonderful flame color
Lavender and Wallflowers with rhododendron behind.
Lavender and Wallflowers with rhododendron behind.
Clematis Montana and Silver Birch
Clematis Montana and Silver Birch
Ready to plant
Ready to plant

New Zealand in Springtime

New Zealand in Spring time is a riot of Flowers. As it is situated in the Southern Hemisphere, the Spring time is at an opposite time to the Spring time in April in the Northern Hemisphere, it is in October. Hedges of Camellias and colorful Photinia in shades of red and green surround gardens. Massive bushes of rhododendron burgeon with color. Clematis climbs up anything that stands still, trees, walls or pergolas. Wisteria hangs great frothy fronds of purple and white. Azaleas have shows of flame colored blossoms. Fragrant Lilly of the valley grows in the shade of the Japanese maple.The air is scented with honeysuckle.

The garden I tend in New Zealand is situated next to Lake Taupo in the North Island. The soil is very porous and quick draining as it is mainly volcanic pumice owing to the fact that Lake Taupo is the caldera of a huge volcano that exploded around 2000 tears ago. Nutrients tend to leach out of the very porous soil very quickly as rain and watering wash through. Compost is the answer to this problem. All kitchen waste except meat scraps, vegetable peels, citrus peel, damp newspapers torn up, wet cardboard (not colored) torn up, grass clippings and hedge clippings go into the compost bin. It is kept moist and turned periodically until a soil like substance results. Magic! This precious substance gets dug into the flower beds and the vegetable plot.

New Zealand has very many horses. It is a common site to see bags of horse manure for sale at the farm gate. Make sure it is well rotted before you put it on the garden. Mrs Henney Penney the local chicken farmer sells bags of chicken manure which is also good. These animal manures I tend to apply in the autumn (fall). This ensures that after the Spring planting, seedlings have the necessary nutrients for a good beginning and a head start. I keep the pots and containers that I get when I buy seedlings from the local nursery. Fill them with a mixture of compost and topsoil and grow your own seeds in these convenient little containers. Don't forget to label them. I find lollypop sticks are ideal for this purpose but make sure you use a permanent marker to write on them. Trying to decipher a murky blur is very frustrating when it has been watered a few times!.

Patience is a virtue, this we all know, it is especially necessary for gardeners as you have to wait for the plants to mature, keeping a watchful eye out for caterpillars and other pests or your cabbage leaves will provide a meal for the cabbage white butterfly, not you! (See pics!)

Believe me the wait is worth it. Nothing beats being able to pop to the Veggie patch for fresh produce. The difference in taste is phenomenal. You also know what has been added to the plot and that it is truly "organic". I love my veggie plot Vegetables that I have found easy to grow include peas, silver beet, spinach, arugala, beans of all description. My pole bean plants are five years old and still producing as the mild climate does not kill the plants. With the exception of the pole beans, I rotate the position of the crops. Peas and beans fix nitrogen in the soil so I always dig in the plants after the end of their useful life after putting the main plant in the compost bin. Tomatoes are another must have and I grow the tiny little gem for flavors sake.As you can see, my veggie plot is small but the productivity is so high that I rarely need to buy vegetables.

As for herbs, I try to find a spot for parsley, thyme and coriander near the kitchen. I keep a pot of Basil on the kitchen windowsill as it is very susceptible to cold and I use a lot of it. Marjoram is another herb I keep near the kitchen as I love Italian cookery.

Flowers grow in abundance here and the photographs I took on the way to the village, less than a mile, but a floral delight. I hope you enjoy this little insight into the delights of gardening in New Zealand. Oh! the exercise is supposed to be good for you too!

North Island New Zealand

Map of the North Island of New Zealand, Taupo is in the middle.
Map of the North Island of New Zealand, Taupo is in the middle.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Gorgeous flowers!

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Beautiful display Gypsy ,just beautiful! hard to pick a fav , but the azaela reminded me of a bush I had when I was living in Christchurch , pretty apricot colour. And now I know why my basil always died off!! thankyou , great hub.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thank you both for the kind comments. Not difficult to find gorgeous flowers in New Zealand.

      Glad to help with the Basil, Eaglekiwi!

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      Ellandriel 7 years ago from Portugal

      So beautiful..... wanna go there!

      Loved the picture with the 2 noses...lol

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      You will! It is worth the journey. Thanks for the comment

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      Denny Lyon 7 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Wonderful hub! Your flowers look like what we grow in Louisiana. Ever since I saw the Lord of the Rings trilogy I've wanted to visit New Zealand, gorgeous paradise!

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It truly is! I hope you make it down there. There are lots of great coffee shops there. I think you would enjoy them.

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      Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

      What an ensemble of nature and people. Great essay.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks, Kushal Always good to know you like my work.

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      hsofyan 7 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow... very nice images!

      Thanks for sharing... Great hub.

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Glad you enjoyed the visit, hsofyan. Check out the other NZ hubs. Thanks for the comment

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      Mrs. J. B. 5 years ago from Southern California

      Gyps: The pictures of the flowers are just gorgeous. The colors are so vibrant. I am amazed. I lived your hub as well. You are like having a private teacher. You again taught me something new.

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks Mrs.J.B. You are too kind! New Zealand has amazing gardens and a mild climate. May be you could visit one day?

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      michabelle 5 years ago

      Thank you for the beautiful pictures. I was lucky enough to visit there once, and amazed to see tangerine trees while gazing southward at a huge snow covered mountain in the distance. (It was a few years ago, but it's how I remember it!!) We also went to the volcanic area where the arsenic pools and geysers are. Very interesting place to visit! Seems New Zealand has a lot to offer in a neat little package.

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      Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for the comment michabelle. It is a very varied and interesting country. Glad you got to visit.

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