- A Gardener of Disrepair
- Taupaki, New Zealand
|6 Sep '16 7:42 am|
My garden has been largely neglected for many months. The 4 segments making up the round White Gardens are overgrown, the shape no longer clearly discernible (that spelling looks odd). The kikuyu grass has infiltrated one of the yellow front Pear Gardens to the point where I may have to haul everything out and start again. The lawns are only just drying out enough to mow. There are weeds everywhere I look.
There are also spring lovelies everywhere I look too. The jonquils and daffodils have finished, the big purple violets are soldiering on, and there are yellow hot poker buds sprouting tall from their weedy beds.
But it is the Taiwanese cherries (Prunus campanulata 'Superba') that take centre stage at this time of year. Gaudy, vibrant magenta-pink, I initially thought I could never live with this much of this colour so close to the house. Fortunately it flowers when nothing else does, a riot of blossom on 8 stout trees forming a wall of eye-searing pink.
And with the vibrant flowers comes hoards of native tuis, their dark iridescent feathers shining like oil in the late winter sun. They fight over the flowers, sometimes as many as 30 birds per tree, gorging on nectar after surviving the sparse winter months. Their presence is one of the very best bits about August.