Happy New Year! At the always immaculate and interesting end of the zigzag, this beautiful hydrangea wreath was a delight and an inspiration. (Might try a wreath myself next year.) At the top steps, the mystery person who’s for years experimented with plants that will thrive there has been back, to weed around the succulents … More Summer Gardens on the Zigzag
& there’s been a lot of WHITE. Still is, so come up and have a look! And if white isn’t your thing, read on, because there’s so much more. Some of it obvious. Some more hidden. It started a month or so ago, halfway up the zigzag, with the galangal flowers. The first time they’ve … More It’s Spring Again! Almost…
I love sharing the herbs and vegetables that grow on the zigzag. And a week ago, I met some tourists from Vietnam and Taiwan out there. They were very interested in local herbs. So I gave them a taster of parsley and thyme and borage and then a bundle to take away. A bit later, … More Please, Please, Don’t Eat the Herbs This Year
Spring keeps springing. And sometimes there’s a fine or almost-fine afternoon to garden. In the main vegetable patch, Chinese vegetables are going to seed, there are lettuces ready to eat, lots of coriander, perpetual baby spinach and little red onions are growing fast, cape gooseberries are ripe, self-seeded kale from last year is almost ready … More Gifts & Another Surprise
St Gerard’s Monastery, high on the hill above Wellington’s Oriental Bay, is yellow-stickered: the Wellington City Council (WCC) has assessed it as earthquake-prone. Its owners, the ICPE (Institute for World Evangelisation – International Catholic Programme of Evangelisation), have fifteen years to strengthen or demolish it. No-one knows for sure how much it will cost – I’ve … More Saving St Gerard’s *&* Joe’s Place?
Everywhere we look there’s blossom. And a few bees. Here’s the Golden Queen peach blossom. In other parts of the zigzag there are freesias, calendula, cornflowers, camellias, hyacinths, lilies, borage, alyssum. The annuals self seed now, all over the place. And there are quintessential spring flowers, too, like these daffodils. Some new baby shrubs, too. Here’s … More Spring Again on the Zigzag!
So I’ve planted the red geraniums. I hope they’ll grow into a little hedge that spreads across the weed mats, where mulch will soon replace those old rocks and bricks. But now I can’t find the article that told me that bees avoid red geraniums. And why. I can confirm that bees see and distinguish all … More Bee-Loved Flower Mysteries
Now I’ve seen one (bumble) bee on the zigzag, more may arrive. So I want to encourage them stay within a safe area as they feed. Is it possible? The city council owns the zigzag. Even though it’s for pedestrians only, it’s officially a road. Quite a long stretch of road. And I’ve agreed to care for … More Making a Bee-Friendly Public Space: Tools & Structures
I had NO IDEA that growing beeloved flowers would stimulate so many conversations. Not always about bees. On the zigzag the conversations are with passersby. Some I know. Some I don’t. Sometimes I’m happy to chat. Sometimes I’m not. And I loved it when a strong and chatty house guest dug a trench for me, in … More The Bee-Loved Flowers Are Growing; & So Are the Conversations
Outside my front door is a public path, a zigzag on a hillside. Originally planned as a road, it’s well-used by people on their way to the beach. Or to climb further up the hillside and perhaps then to drop down into the city. It’s Busy. They run. They plod. They chat online and in person. … More Weeds & No Bees