Gosh what a busy spring I’m having…a huge thank you to all of you lovely customers who have been purchasing plants recently, I honestly don’t know whether I’m seriously excited or totally overwhelmed by the amazing support I receive from you all each week…but I know that my business is definitely keeping me happily busy this year! I had a record number of orders to send out this week…including the first lot of plants to all those super patient people in Auckland who have been waiting for lockdown restrictions to lift and freight delays to ease. Fingers crossed the plants reach you all quickly and safely and you can get planting and planning and enjoying the promise of what is yet to come 😊
I have a couple of big events coming up in the next six weeks….
On Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th I will be back again for the Motueka Garden Trail, selling my plants at the garden at 31 Poole Street, Motueka. There are fabulous gardens to look at, open on both days from 10am-4pm. Tickets for the trail need to be pre-purchased, they are $20 and can be purchased at a range of Nelson and Tasman outlets, with the proceeds going towards the fantastic Motueka Toy Library. My own wee granddaughter uses this service now and just loves it...so get your tickets and I'm looking forward to seeing you there!
On Sunday 7th November I will be selling plants at the Garden Marlborough Fete, which is a fabulous event full of quality plant stalls, artisan food, entertainment and all things garden-related. The fete is held at Churchill Glade, within Pollard Park, in Blenheim, with free entry. This is the first time I will be attending so it’s slightly nerve-wracking for me but I know it will be a wonderful day and I’m really looking forward to meeting old and new friends and customers.
My own gardening regime has understandably been a bit hit-and-miss, with my attention diverted to the nursery most days. But I have been trying to get out in it most weeks, sometimes even an hour can make all the difference, although I do tend to start one job only to find I need to do something else first in order to complete that one, and then another…and I invariably end up having a burst of energy and just getting stuck in for a day so I can get everything done at once, and then go back to work knowing that at least one part of the garden looks okay and the veges have been planted!
I also get terribly distracted with taking photos of plants…but it does give me a reason to just wander and not actually ‘do’ anything. It’s quite restful just wandering around taking note of everything that is happening in the garden. My Mum refers to me quite often as behaving like a ‘whirling dervish’, which sounds hilariously terrifying…I prefer to think I’m just a very busy person because believe me, it would be very easy to miss the finer details of a garden if one is behaving like that! (Especially the weeds…sigh!!). In the shady garden beds at the moment there are a multitude of happenings for instance, many of them at ground level where they are so easy to overlook if I’m in a mad rush. Salvia nubicola is unfurling its green leaves from the stumpy tips that looked like dead bits of wood last week…before long it will spread it’s foliage out and then send up a succession of stems carrying very soft lemon flowers. There are Arisaemas and Lilies poking their heads through the soil now, and the fattening and elongating of the first Aquilegia flowerstems. The Epimediums are in flower now of course, I have them in soft yellow, rose pink and my favourite E. niveum is pure white. I love their contrasting and sometimes patterned foliage too. I also see I have seedlings to dig out of the dwarf perennial borage, Borago pygmaea, which is just as edible as it’s much more robust cousin Borago officinalis, but easier to find a spot for in the garden as it is much smaller. The shining glory in the shade area at the moment would have to be my clump of blue Omphalodes…I think it’s O. cappadocica. It is a gorgeous mound of fresh green leaves studded with stems of bright blue forget-me-not-like flowers.
In the sunnier garden areas my Kniphofia thomsonii hybrid is already bursting into flower, sending up vertical spikes the colour of warm sunsets…it’s a great one for not getting too big, and I just love everything about it really...especially as it’s flowering now, when those sorts of colours are not as common. The Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii that I positioned on the corner of the house has the most incredible flowerheads…big billowy clouds of lime green, they definitely expect to be noticed…unlike the unobtrusive brown heads of Euphorbia mellifera which blend in nicely with anything really, but of course they have the most amazing scent of honey…it just drifts around filling the garden.
Anyway, I have a long list of plants to add to the website now so I had better get this newsy email finished, and get on with the task at hand…which is of course to let you know about all the new and exciting plants that are now available to buy and add to your own beautiful gardens.
So below are the latest additions, and I have also adjusted stock numbers on the website of plants that were already available, but may have sold out – sometimes new stock comes on a week or two later so it always pays to check in case I’ve added more! You can find all the listings here https://www.seaflowersnursery.co.nz/perennials.html#/ where you can purchase and pay using your credit card, including Apple Pay and Android Pay options, or Paypal. If you’d like to place an order for payment via internet banking then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aquilegia caerulea hybrid ‘Heavenly Blue’
Aquilegia vulgaris var. stellata plena ‘Barlow Choice Mix’
Fuchsia ‘Lincoln Bronze’ (F. excoticata x F. procumbens)
Helenium ‘Sunny Wonder’
Helianthus ‘Lemon Queen’
Knautia macedonica ‘Red Cherries’
Salvia brandegeei ‘Pacific Blue’
Salvia leucantha ‘Midnight’
Salvia lyrata ‘Purple Volcano’
Salvia pratensis ‘Madeline’
Solidago rugosa ‘Fireworks’
Symphyotrichum (Aster) cordifolius ‘Silver Spray’
Symphyotrichum (Aster) novae-angliae
Right, now that I’ve finished typing and updating the website I think it’s high time I went and fed the pet bunny and then myself…it’s amazing how many hours the computer can steal really, but it’s all worth it to see all my plant babies heading off to new homes afterwards. I hope you enjoy my plant selections and emails too 😊
Owner-operator of Seaflowers Nursery and serious plant addict!