Lemon Verbena

Lemon Verbena

Blog, Herb of the Month, News & Events, Summer Gardening

Lemon Verbena (Lippia citrodoro or Aloysia citrodora) When brushing past the foliage of a Lemon Verbena shrub, you are surrounded by a most refreshing perfumed fragrance, redolent of lemons. The leaves are light green, thin and pointed with a slightly sticky feel and a wonderful citrus aroma. This versatile plant which originates from Chile, could … Read More

Rosemary

Rosemary

Herb of the Month, News & Events, Plant Forum, Trees & Shrubs

Rosemary The plant’s botanical name used to be called Rosmarinus officinalis but it was decided by the RHS in 2019, the plant is now to be called Salvia rosmarinus, following research that shows it’s a salvia (in the sage family). Rosemary is the herb of remembrance.  The scent of the needle-like leaves seems somewhere between the tang of … Read More

Herbal First Aid Kit

Herbal First Aid Kit

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At our July 2021 meeting, we had a very informative talk by local Naturopath, Rachael Stott.  Rachael was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in her mid-30’s.  As a means to better her health she studied Naturopathy and became a Naturopath  and medical herbalist . Rachael lives in Temuka and travels once a month to Christchurch and … Read More

Microclimates in the Garden

Microclimates in the Garden

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One of the more interesting aspects of gardening is the identification of areas in the garden which have different climates. In these locations, we can grow plants that may be different from those of our neighbours and friends. Identifying microclimates also allows gardeners to plan their garden for the best results. To understand microclimates is to understand your garden, its orientation, soils, slope (if any), shelter, setting of the house, buildings, and anything else that directly effects the site. Gardeners also need to understand the microclimates of rainfall, sunshine hours, prevailing winds, wind types, temperature variation and the like. It is the combination of these factors which creates microclimates in the garden. Every garden has microclimates. Here is a description of some of the factors.

Monthly Tips & Tasks – July

Monthly Tips & Tasks – July

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July is better spent indoors and is certainly not the time to undertake any big outdoor projects! The recent rain will recharge the ground water, hopefully we’ll continue to get more before the spring work starts.

As the ground is now very wet it’s important to avoid digging or planting until the moisture in the soil dries out a little. This prevents damaging the structure of the soil.