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Philippa
New Zealand
I have a passion for beautiful everything!
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...but I haven't taken a photo of it yet! I had an epiphany the other day and realised just what I needed to do to my latest painting to make it complete! I was stunned when I'd done it and I'm completely in love with the finished piece now. Okay... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, well the rest of last week passed in a flash it seems. A lot of New Zealand was struck by a fairly vicious winter storm but not us (oh bother it!). All we got was a cold wind on Thursday, not even a skerrick of rain fell. Other... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, yes I truly am feeling VERY weather-irked! Nelson/Tasman District pulls people to live here because of the beautiful weather.. unfortunately I love nothing more than dramatic winter weather and changeable weather so the climate here irks me at times! This is one of those times because most of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. The last couple of days have been wintry in the morning with grey skies and cool temps but the afternoons have been beautiful while the sun's out. Today John lit his second bonfire this winter and boy it went up with a whoosh! The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, yet again this week is speeding by! I've been busy pricking out seedlings and dividing and potting up some hardy geraniums for my nursery stocks! I've finally managed to have large enough stock plants of some special ones so I can divide them! Very exciting. The weather has... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, well what a weekend we had weather-wise. It started raining on Friday night and apart from a few non-rainy patches it rained most of the weekend - 128mm (just over 5 inches) worth here! Needless to say our ground is BOGGY and I won't be able to do... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a cloudy and chilly winter's Thursday morning! We didn't have a frost this morning because there was too much cloud cover so the temp bottomed at 7 degrees C! On Tuesday afternoon I played hookie from potting up, digging over the old strawberry patch again to get out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a very proud Tuesday morning here in New Zealand. As you will most likely know by now Team New Zealand have won the America's Cup and I'm so excited for them. I have very strong memories of our win in 1995 because Dad went in to surgery to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a very proud Tuesday morning here in New Zealand. As you will most likely know by now Team New Zealand have won the America's Cup and I'm so excited for them. I have very strong memories of our win in 1995 because Dad went in to surgery to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
...the rest of the week go???? I apologise sincerely for my silence.. it just WENT! I've been busy potting up perennials to increase my nursery stocks for Spring, also ordering new business cards and return address labels which I received on Thursday and they're GORGEOUS! I delivered plants to Mapua... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Tuesday afternoon and I've just finished a lovely 20 minute skype session with Mum. We skype every week which is just wonderful. They wheel her down from the hospital wing of the resthome in her lazyboy chair so we can skype! I love seeing her gorgeous smile and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, it's Saturday afternoon and a major battle is on! I've let buttercup become tall and absolutely rampant through my perennial garden! EEeeeek what was I thinking! I've been looking at it for a few weeks and today I've taken the major plunge to get it all out - well... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a beautifully frosty Thursday morning. This is the first morning we've had crunch white grass and a frozen hose up by the house! I adore frosty weather but I have to say I don't cope too well with cold toes! I've got my merino and possum socks on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's Tuesday morning and a lovely cold snap is set to hit later today, not bringing much rain but strong SW winds. The overnight temp for tomorrow night is predicted to be -1 degree C, Oooooooh! big frost! On Saturday night I cooked a divinely scrumptious meal with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, on a totally gorgeous frosty Sunday morning. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the birds are singing their lungs out. The nectar feeders are copiously feeding on the sugar water I put out and the sparrows, greenfinches and the occasional chaffinch are loving the sunflower seeds... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, well as you can tell I've been really busy as usual! It's been a bit of a mad week what with one thing and another but I feel as though I'm accomplishing something which is great. I've drafted my tax return, pricked out seedlings, sowed seed, worked on my... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi, just to let you know the content of this blog has now moved onto my new website: https://www.heirloomplantnursery.co.nz/ My website has a shopping cart and includes my plants, art, gift tags, other creations, links to my radio show and garden writing. There is also a section for garden advice... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Perennial Plant Nursery
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Hi, it's Sunday afternoon and we are about to have a delicious spinach and mozzarella pizza for lunch. I can't claim to have made it but it is by far the most beautiful supermarket-bought pizza ever with a thin crust! It isn't stodgy and it is PACKED with spinach! Firstly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi on the first ''official'' day of Winter! Oooooh I'm hoping for a cold one this year because it is so good for the garden! It is a lovely, slightly chilly day here today with some high cloud draining the strength out of the sunshine. We have a gorgeous Mahonia... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's Tuesday morning and it is an absolutely stunningly beautiful day. The air is crisp and we have blue sky and sunshine. Apparently it is meant to start raining later this afternoon. Yesterday I spent quite a bit of time pricking out named Russell Lupin varieties for my nursery... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Art Studio
Hi on a lovely sunny Sunday afternoon. The cloud has cleared and we now have a light breeze blowing which is wonderful - I hope it will stay around long enough to dry out the ground a little bit before the next onslaught of rain on Tuesday! The water table... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi honeys, it's a very exciting, if somewhat nerve-wracking day for me today.. my website is now live and launched. Here's a link to it: https://www.heirloomplantnursery.co.nz/ I'm eternally grateful to my dear friend who constructed this website for me. It is beyond fabulous and very easy to navigate around. Please... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
Hi on a gorgeous crisp, fine Thursday morning. I'm in the farm shed potting on some cuttings and some gorgeous woodland anemone bulbs that I will be adding to my website in the near future. Speaking of which, I've been spending a lot of time sitting on my rear end... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi, it's a very chilly, grey Tuesday morning and my feet are like iceblocks! I'm about to go and label some plants for delivery this week so I'm wearing my gumboots and they are NOT warm! Eeeeeek.. I love this time of year for one main reason - the bird... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake
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Hi honeys, well I've been slogging it in the kitchen garden for most of the day and I have to say buttercup is NOT my friend at the moment. My poor globe artichoke bed is choked with the most gorgeously healthy buttercup I have EVER seen! They are at least... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2017 at Art for Heart's Sake