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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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Hi there, it's Thursday and it's SUCH a gorgeous day! We had a shower of rain in the early am (before I woke up) and everything is fresh, cool and pretty in the morning sunshine. I'm about to head to the farm shed to do some potting up before I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, I'm having a very low energy day today, darn it! I had a bit of stress yesterday pm re Mum and it always takes an energy toll on me like you wouldn't believe. My dear soul of a Mum is 89 in October and is having trouble with... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's a GORGEOUS Tuesday morning, blue sky and sunshine after a frost. I knew it was cold outside when I woke up this morning because I was feeling chilly IN bed!! Crikey! I love frosty mornings but I DO like to be warm in bed, that's for sure! Here... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, I've had one of those days when I have accomplished something but not as much as I wanted to because of various interruptions. Hopefully tomorrow I will have a more productive and less interrupted day! I find my karma totally disturbed when I can't get everything I wanted... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Sunday morning and yes, you guessed it, Saturday ran away from me. I can't say I really did one heck of a lot because the weather was iffy but one thing I DID do was bake Nigella Lawson's Venetian Carrot Cake. I've been meaning to do it for... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there, it's 6.30pm on Friday and I'm about to switch my computer off and go and look after dinner. I've had a busy day today... rushed around this morning doing animal tasks and then went to ballet practise. On the way home I had a few errands to run... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, this Spring I will have good stocks of some of the named varieties of Delphinium Pacific Giants. I will have ''Astolat'' (dusky pink), ''King Arthur'' (rich deep blue), ''Lady Guinevere'' (lavender blue), ''Sir Galahad'' (pure white). Here are a couple of photos. These beauties thrive in sun or semi-shade... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Perennial Plant Nursery
Hi, well would you believe I spent this morning being domestic! I had curried cauliflower soup for lunch and fish cakes made for dinner (chilling in fridge) by 10am! After that I vacuumed the house which made me flaming grumpy. Good grief how I DETEST housework! Such a blasted waste... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi there on a rather nice but slightly chilly (now) Wednesday pm. This morning we woke to about 7 degrees C after a lot of rain yesterday afternoon. We have very gusty SW winds predicted from tonight until tomorrow morning but at the moment there is just a gentle, cold... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hesperis matronalis ''Sweet Rocket'' is a beautiful old-fashioned short-lived (i.e. 3 years or so) perennial with the most gorgeously fragrant flowers in shades of lilac through to white. It forms a basal (ground level) rosette with stems of flowers up to 1m from Spring. May prove to be biennial (flowering... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Perennial Plant Nursery
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Hi, here I am on a rather cloudy, dull Tuesday morning and my fingertips are freezing - which is a good thing because it's WINTER after all (or it's meant to be!!). A few days ago I made a lovely discover near one of our water tanks. I planted a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, I'm so excited. I'm pricking out seedlings of some new geraniums today, including one that is a cross that appeared in my garden last year. It's a cross between Geranium rubescens and Geranium palmatum and is SO pretty. The foliage is gorgeous, slightly larger than rubescens but not as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Perennial Plant Nursery
Hi there, oh where did yesterday go? I know - I was in the kitchen garden weeding my gooseberry patch for most of it, that's where! Oh how I love the gloves John bought me in the UK - they are deer skin kid leather with suede cuffs that go... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. We have blue sky, sunshine with a chilly SW wind - well breeze really! I'm in the farmshed today bagging up 30 tree lucerne plants that I picked up from my favourite Appletons Tree Nursery yesterday. I am putting them into size 5 planter... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Friday night and I'm about to start cooking a fish curry! I've had a good day starting with ballet practise where I was all alone in the studio! It's school holidays here so Friday classes aren't happening. We can practise though and I was there at about 9.40am.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Thursday evening and it's been a busy day! John spent quite a lot of time yesterday afternoon setting up my new all-in-one computer which is what I'm using now. It's a gorgeous computer I have to say with a much bigger screen than my laptop but one thing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi and yes we have a definite weather change. Around lunchtime the NW wind started to build and it is now fairly blustery plus it's raining. I've been out to batten down the hatches, checking the chook house, Benjamin bunny has a tarpaulin over the front of his crate on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, I am extending my range of perennials over the next couple of seasons and I've just pricked out some Anchusa ''Blue Angel'' which is just GORGEOUS!! Here's a photo: I'll have it available in Spring and will be adding it to my catalogue soon, along with quite a few... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Perennial Plant Nursery
Hi on Tuesday afternoon. We've just had lunch and I'm about to get changed to go to ballet practise at 2pm. We are practising in our usual Friday studio for the two weeks of the school holidays so it's back to Tuesday pm for those two weeks. I'm also going... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's Monday pm and I've just come in for a fingertip warm up!! I'm pricking out/potting on in the farmshed and my fingertips are frozen!! There is nothing like dealing with cold, wet potting mix.. giggle! This morning we had a lovely hard frost so you can imagine my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi and where did the rest of last week go???? I'm sure I posted on Friday but it appears I might not have. Gulp, yikes and heavens to betsy! It's been a very busy few days. On Thursday I had a bit of a fright when I took my plants... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's almost lunchtime on Thursday and I'm in the farm shed pricking out brassica seedlings. My feet are freeeeeezing!! It was 1.5 degrees C this morning with a bit of a frost on the ground (not much). The chill always seeps into my gumboots and stays there. The farm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, oh yay I'm having a much more productive day today, yippeee! Firstly I had a lovely customer, Juliet, come to see me at 10.30am to get some Viola odorata (english violets) and while she was here I gave her a tour of the garden. Juliet also bought some hardy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, firstly I'm sorry I've been silent for quite a while. As some of you may know, I grow vegetable and flower seedlings for a local small landscape supply company. Bay Landscapes is owned and operated by Bill and Lesley Norriss, dear friends of ours and it is a privilege... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2016 at Perennial Plant Nursery
Hi, well I'm having a rather odd sort of day today. I feel as though I've done nothing much really but I spent most of the morning working out my seed order for flowers and vegetables to sow from late July onwards for Spring/Summer. It feels very odd doing that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Art for Heart's Sake