In late July fourteen Ramblers met at the city Bus Exchange on a bitterly cold morning to walk some of the central city laneways. For many, getting there was a novel journey travelling by bus into the city – a new
experience. Leaving the Bus Exchange we walked along Tuam St to Manchester St making our way to the walkway behind Environment Canterbury to Mata Lane and back out to Tuam St. Heading towards Colombo
St to re-join the walkway at what was known as Mollet St past Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School and onto Durham St. From here to Tuam St again, onto Lava Lane and Greenway Lane to Montreal St from there
to the Memorial Wall walk to the Riverside Market to weave through walk ways to emerge into Cashel Mall.
Winter Rambles A misty day greeted ten Ramblers on the 23rd of June. Starting from The Kiosk in the Botanic Gardens where nature had created interesting sculptures in the shrubbery the group continued along Armagh St rambling along to Victoria Square. A bleak looking area on a not so nice day in Winter. A Weeping … Read More
Report on the March Meeting of the Fruit & Vegetable Circle Speaker: Richard Smith Topic: Pip & Stone Fruit Richard originally worked for the Railways at Tower Junction, then spent some time fruit picking and ended up as their orchard manager. Now he works in management for Countdown logistics – they buy 450,000 cartons of … Read More
For the last meeting of the year Elaine Alexander attended as the guest speaker. She demonstrated how to create some wonderful centre-pieces for the Christmas table, incorporating fruit and vegetables.
In October’s meeting Alan Jolliffe shared a new product which helps to prevent Codling Moth on apple trees. ‘Bird Proof’, is a non-toxic, tacky repellent gel which can be used to form a repellent band on the tree-trunk which lasts for several seasons.
Peter Saunders provided the third instalment of A Visual Guide to Gardening through the Year complete with a slide-show. His tomatoes in the tunnel house are now flowering. He uses trickle irrigation to ensure water gets to the roots and not the weeds. This also prevents an overly humid atmosphere which can encourage fungal diseases.
Since I can remember, my world has been full of flowers and plants. Being a self-confessed plantaholic with a passion for all things botanical, I am blessed to have a vocation that indulges my love of plants. Growing up at the head of the Akaroa harbour, on the family farm in Duvauchelle, it was Nana Vogan who led me down the garden path.
Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Christchurch, the second eldest of six girls and one boy. It was a busy, noisy creative household. My Mum was incredibly nurturing, efficient and house proud. She gave us her time willingly and introduced me to wonders of … Read More
Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? Gaynor was born in Timaru, was educated and worked there until 1967 when Roger and she married. Roger was born in Motueka, educated in Dunedin, and moved to Timaru. We have been married 50 years in October, and wherever we shift to … Read More
Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? My childhood was powerfully dominated by the magnificent Mt Ruapehu, under whose watchful eye I frequently sallied forth into the desert among the wild flowers and other intriguing alpine flora near Waiouru, often bringing home bags of botanical loot to pore over … Read More
Where were you born and where did you spend most of your childhood? I was born in Christchurch and spent most of my childhood in Heathcote Valley and then in Cracroft. Where do you live now? I am currently living in Cracroft with my parents and brother. I am attending Cashmere High School as a … Read More