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Moonshine and balderdash

Under the full moon, the fragile blooms of my Camellia sasanqua ‘Plantation Pink' looked eerily surreal.

Hedgehogs a threat to wildlife

Forget metadata surveillance. I'm thinking hedgehogs are what we really we need to be afraid of.

Ain't no mountain high enough

If you had to choose just one plant in life as your favourite, what would it be?

We're a peaceful bunch, we Kiwis

It might not seem apparent in the current political landscape, but New Zealand rates as the fourth most peaceful place on the planet.

Spring joy and hope for peace

Marvelling at the first blossoms of the season this week, I'm reminded why spring is such a wonderful thing.

My survival kit comes from the soil

After the big earthquake struck on Saturday, devastating Christchurch, my thoughts eventually turned to my garden.

Sunshine sprouts the urge to plant

There's nothing like a good dose of vitamin D from the sun's rays to energise you, and when the sun shines, I always feel like planting things.

In your garden: June 25

Yams prove central to the plot

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