Friday, August 12, 2011
I REALLY AM GETTING BETTER
The weather here has turned mild although an icy blast is forecast for other places. Snow is forecast to sea level in the deep south. We bask in an early morning temperature of 14'C/57'F. I woke up to the distant rumble of thunder and I guess we'll get rain sometime. Meantime it's a silvery sea. In my eyes Spring has arrived although officially it's not until September 1st.
Mum loves her garden and had plans to develop a cottage style when she came to live here permanently in 2000. Mum was already 85 years old and before she had come close to the garden of her dreams she began to lose her ability to potter around outside. None of the family wanted a high maintenance garden so things muddled along for a bit. We have tried to keep some colour in the garden but it hasn't been easy.
We get fierce easterly storms with salt laden winds that will wreck the best laid plans. We also have heavy red clay, which dries out as hard as bricks in the summer. In the wet, which we get a lot of, it turns to sticky pug that refuses to fall off the spade.
A few years ago as Mum became less mobile I decided she should have a deck garden. It worked for a couple of years but again maintenance became an issue, especially the re-planting twice a year and watering. Then there were the years the easterly winds wrecked everything except what grew on the back deck sheltered from south and west by a big hill and from the sea storms by the house.
Our daughter has persisted and at the moment it looks quite pretty with pots of spring flowers starting to bloom and the beautiful potted cyclamen seem to like it there too. There's a geranium or probably more correctly pelagonium, or two that seem to flower all year round.
Shortly I will do the grocery shopping for Mum and see what the garden shop has in the way of 'potted colour.' I need to get my Matarangi flower garden off to a quick start and I can't leave it any longer. One thing I will get is punnets of baby sweet pea plants. We now have the stakes to hold them up so look forward to their sweetness later in the season.