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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi honeys, yesterday we got our first really decent rain in what seems like weeks. On our property we only had about 25mm (1 inch) of rain for the whole of May and June was looking that way too. So far this month we've had 46mm, 36mm of which fell... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, it's been another fairly frantic week in one way or another with a bit of frustration thrown in for good measure! A gorgeous cold snap swept up the country later in the week but as usual we missed it here - we just got a drop in temps... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, it's been another busy week with some huge orders coming through from my website. First and foremost I am so thankful and slightly stunned at the reactions/orders I am getting from my website. It's so lovely to be be doing something I love so much that is bring... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well winter is almost here - officially this Friday, in fact. We woke to 0.4 degrees C this morning so needless to say it was a little chilly changing Ted's (geriatric duck in a pen) water this morning. I must invest in a pair of warm, waterproof gloves... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well winter is almost here - officially this Friday, in fact. We woke to 0.4 degrees C this morning so needless to say it was a little chilly changing Ted's (geriatric duck in a pen) water this morning. I must invest in a pair of warm, waterproof gloves... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, it's been a busy few days as usual. It's just sinking in that I'm no longer growing seedlings wholesale, just for my plant stand so now I have plenty of time to concentrate on my perennials. Having said that my to-do list is pages long in terms of... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, my silence was due to being up in New Plymouth for a few days to visit my gorgeous Mum. When I got back last Tuesday I had one day to get organised before my dear friend arrived for 5 nights! It was so lovely to see Margaret and... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well this week I've had slightly ''dicky'' knees to coin a phrase. I think one of the exercises on Friday twisted my knees into an odd position and now they are tweaking every so often! It's not too bad just very annoying especially when I plie in ballet... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, I have had such a special, special week! I attended the same ballet workshop (at a different ballet studio) that I did last year and it was just so wonderful. I treated myself to 3 hours ballet each day, including ballet pilates (oh I found muscles I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, on a BEAUTIFUL Autumn Sunday afternoon. The weather today is spectacularly gorgeous.. a cool start, crystal clear blue skies, sunshine and a breeze to keep things ''honest''. It is still pretty hot in the sun itself though which is making it hard for me to enjoy gardening in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, what a mad week and a bit it's been! Firstly my big news is that I have decided to stop supplying my seedlings to Mapua Country Store. This has been a REALLY hard decision because I know some locals will miss being able to buy my seedlings from there... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, we arrived back from another four day weekend away, this time to Matakana (north of Auckland) for my other niece's wedding! It was a bit of a rush the week before to sort everything out so I could go. We had a house-sitter look after the plants and the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's April - my favourite month of the year. It's my birthday month but that isn't why I love it so much really. I adore the shift in light that heralds mid-autumn, that golden glow that seems to envelop EVERYTHING in the garden. Just stunning. Apart from this morning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, I hope you had a WONDERFUL Easter break and managed to get some time to do exactly what you wanted to do. I've been fighting a head cold all weekend but I've still managed to do a fair amount of gardening which is good. I really wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, so sorry for my silence, time just seems to be slipping away from me again! We've had a noise day and a half (Monday, Tuesday morning) while 6 or our big eucalypts were cut down. Four guys arrived on Monday (after a phone call on Sunday night) all... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, I got quite a bit of gardening done in the kitchen garden on Saturday and some in the perennial garden yesterday so I'm a happy gardener! I love the weekends when I get time to do just a bit of what needs to be done in my gardens.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi Honeys, I've been really busy sorting out orders, potting up perennials for orders and replying to email enquiries. It's wonderful - I just wish I could keep everything in order inside my brain! It's like one big scrambled mess of plants and seeds in there! Giggle. I've just shipped... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, at the moment my brain is full to the brim with plants, seeds, seedlings, orders, paperwork.. aaaagggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh! I am definitely working on overload at the moment which is good in some ways because that is when I'm usually most efficient but it also means I get over-tired very... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, I'm enjoying my afternoon tea break after a challenging but wonderful morning ballet class. We started learning IDTA Classical Award 1 work on Wednesday night, I practised what we learned yesterday afternoon and then we did it again this morning at class. We've done the barre work and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, it's Wednesday and I'm sipping a cup of tea before launching myself out into the farm shed to prick out more seedlings. I've been doing so much of it lately I'm running out of trays to put things in. Perennials, unlike seedlings, stay in the trays until they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, just an update re the storm. We were really lucky. It started to blow around 3pm, rising to very swirly gusts around 5pm and onwards along with lots of rain. We watched as our eucalypts danced and tossed to and fro but luckily we were spared the main brunt... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, I tried to post on Sunday but the Typepad blog site was down for some reason. As you will see from the title we are expecting another storm to hit us later today. Ex-cyclone Gita is coming straight through central New Zealand it seems. I will admit to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, yikes I was doing so well and suddenly 7 days have passed since my last post! I have no idea how that happened except I've been REALLY busy! As for ''be careful what you wish for'' - remember my last post asking the sun to go away. It well... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, now I know it may sound silly spitting tacks because the sun's out, especially after the brief but nasty storm we had late last week! I find it SO hard to do everything I need to do nursery/plant-wise when it's sunny! This pm I need to get the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake
....Except for the blasted mosquitos that are hounding me at every turn! Hi honeys, it's a beautiful cloudy day here - we even had a bit of drizzle first thing this morning - totally unforecast. Yay! The temperatures dropped on Friday night and we woke to 11.7 degrees C yesterday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at Art for Heart's Sake