Well it’s another cold and rainy day here so I am in the office catching up on emails and other important jobs (and to be honest there’s a heater in here so it’s the place to be today 😉).
I just thought I would take this opportunity to let you all know that I am busy making adjustments to the website in preparation for when the online shop finally opens again. I’m hoping for sometime in the next couple of weeks. Growth has been really slow but the plants have finally decided that spring is here and they are starting to grow at long last! Initial offerings will be limited compared to what will be on offer later in the season, so don’t be disappointed if something you have been wanting is not on the first list, as chances are it will be available a little later. I tend to update my online shop at least once a month (when it’s open) for much of the year, so there are always new things coming on. As we live in a reasonably temperate climate, as a nation we tend to garden off and on for all year round, so it makes sense to always have something coming on to offer keen gardeners around the country.
I do already have some potted, “in the green” specialty bulbs, surplus to requirements, now listed for sale on Trade Me for anyone that is interested. With so much interest in these I decided that the fairest way to distribute them was to sell them on Trade Me, otherwise it would always come down to who happened to see my email first. The auctions close on Sunday night (seller jury1 or listed under perennials in the outdoor, garden section). I will have more bulbs available in about February (in packets).
There are a couple of minor changes to the way I do business which I would like to make you aware of. The first is that I have begun using Daltons Organic Potting Mix for all of my plants (there are a few that are still in transition between standard mix and organic). The second is that when online orders do recommence, I will only be sending plants via CourierPost, as Aramex (Fastway) is not an available option in my area.
I had to have a couple of trees taken out last week, as they were hanging over the back of the house and had lots of rotten branches on them. Felt very sad to see them go (I gave them each a big hug before they came down), but the arborist reminded me that even trees have a lifespan. The positive side is that it has opened up a whole new area of potential garden space for me. There are areas of shade with lots of leaf litter, then gradually descending down the slope into part shade and eventually large areas of full sun. So plenty of room for all sorts of ideas here, and I am very lucky as the soil is great to work with too. I have a number of seedling Salvias to trial so the sunnier areas will be ideal for these….hopefully something exciting comes out of this batch 😊
Take care and happy gardening, or if you’re like me – happy keeping warm!