My long wait to plant a garden on Waiheke Island is hopefully nearing an end. Although we bought our land nearly two years ago it has taken many, many months for planning, site works and now the house construction. During that period I have created a nursery of around 500 plants, virtually all of them from seed I have gathered, or cuttings and divisions from friends and family (just as my mother did when she gardened).
With the building nearly complete the 200m2 septic field is about to be laid and the plants can then go in. November is not an ideal time to plant but hopefully they will survive the summer heat if I water them regularly.
Many of the plants are now bursting out of their pots particularly the flaxes and dietes, as I thought they would be in the ground well before now. The rengarenga (also from seed) are flowering madly and so are the aquilegia. My aim is to create a kind of perennial meadow in the large space in front of the house. Here they all are, out of the nursery and ready to be loaded into the trailer, bound for Waiheke.