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Saturday 26th November, 2022
Its been a week with our tech guru
Omg, what a week, and has it ever just whizzed past, probably because we have had Allan over from Aussie. We were chatting/reminiscing and he has been doing IT stuff for us for over 18 years, and it all began with a recommendation from one of our gardening clients. In those very beginning days Allan actually worked at the nursery in the office (until his move to Aussie) and created our website from the very beginning. He is a clever chappy and then went on to create our inventory system and the web site became interactive with inventory and of course the accounts. I have to say our software is very customized to our Wairere needs, right down to creating picking lists, reports and so much more.
Thanks to Allan and his software we were able to cope with the last few years with the ability to do online orders and so on, but it's been three years since we have all been face to face to discuss the future developments. Wairere has reached that point now that we have outgrown some parts of our current version and it needs fine tuning. So, it was timely that Allan could come over and spend some time with the team sorting some of their issues and more importantly to show and demonstrate some new tweaks that we will slowly introduce through our summer months when it's a tad quieter. Lol and when he has had some time to do some more testing.
Some of the changes will be around the marked increase on how we all seem to have taken to doing our shopping online. Pre-ordering of stock and so on. I am sure that there will be a few challenges in there for the team, but the objective is to constantly do better. So, watch this space!
Peruvian Lily, Lily of the Incas, Alstroemeria
Peruvian lily or lily of the Incas which seem cool common names and we are talking Alstroemerias. Though I think that that we mostly use Alstroemeria as the common name here. Alstoemerias are native to South America though have naturalised in many other countries like the united states, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and Madeira. These hardy plants belong to their own Genus and family of the same name Alstroemeriaceae.
The roots of Alstroemeria form tubers which help the plant through dry or times of stress. They do like regular moisture but not prolonged periods of wet when their roots may rot. They are a full sun plant though are tolerant of semi -shade, though may not flower so prolifically. Also generally don't like root disturbance so their is no need to lift and replant like many other perennials.
Alstoemerias are renown for their ability to last in water as a cut flower. I was surprised to learn that its not actually best to cut them but rather pull the flower stem from the soil. The plant will then generate new shoots from this point. There has been a trend to more compact plants with shorter stems which will make a gorgeous display in the garden and very suited to being in pots Check these few examples of the Inca series that have been specially bred for garden and patio use. Follow a link and see the selection in stock
Inca Magic, The flowers of Alstroemeria Magic have a striking contrast of white and mauve. Flowers for many months from mid spring onwards.
Inca Gold Rush, Bright golden yellow flowers with red speckles. Tough, compact garden plant. Flowers from spring through to autumn and are great for cutting.
Inca Sundance, The fabulous yellow flowers are produced in abundance over a mounded and compact plant ideal for providing vibrant rich colour in smaller spaces throughout late spring and summer.
Inca Sweety, Pretty pink and cream blooms that appear from summer to autumn. Bred to remain compact and well behaved in the garden and for maximum flower power.
Inca Vito, Bright and cheerful red blooms appear from summer to autumn. Bred to remain compact and well behaved in the garden.
Salvias belong to family Lamiaceae... Sage and mint are classics
Good old sage is a classic salvia that springs to mind to use a quick example that all would know followed quickly by another example of mint. Both with the classic flower form of a tall stem with many small flowers called a raceme. These perennials cover off from half hardy woody shrubs to herbaceous perennials to get a little tech info out there. Respond well to be clipped back and will come again.
Today you can find so many new and improved ornamental forms that look mighty fine in the garden and some will suit a perennial border admirably. As a genus of plants, the flowers are in shades of purple blues and pinks through to white. Another point to note if I remember correctly that in this family their leaves tend to be opposite each other which is a distinctive form.
Three new ones to us this year are the lake series. Salvia Lake McKenzie, (exquisite rich coloured Dark Purple tubular flowers). Salvia Lake Tahoe, (feature spikes of exquisite rich mauve/pink tubular flowers appearing above the almost tropical foliage on slender dark stems) and Salvia Lake Titicaca (exquisite rich coloured vivid lilac tubular flowers).
There are more here to check out and so clink the link to see them all.
Just recently arrived
Abutilons or commonly called Chinese lanterns with their colourful hanging hat like flowers. Jacaranda mimosifolia, we often get asked for and we usually only have these this time of year
A Living Christmas tree suitable to look stunning in a pot
Christmas trees. Have you dusted off your tree yet, hung all those fancy baubles and got lights going yet. I know it's that time of year and many that I know have done the task to set the scene for the next month or so. A live tree is a pretty cool option and there are some pretty nice ones just arrived at the nursery. These have been clipped along the way in their production and so are nice dense and conical shapes to use. Conifers suit being in pots as they are quite tolerant and hardy and even cope with a degree of being dry and then if looked after can be used again the following season. Just remember that they are not an indoor plant and so too long inside may drop their needles.
The beauty of roses is that that will flower again and again.
It ain't half been wet. I know that I'm usually pretty keen to have some rain and especially at this time of the year, but I think that I have reached my limit, lol. Think that the drainage board drain has overflowed it sides for the umpteenth time but nothing that can be done other than to know that it's still good to plant after all the ground is still wet.
I have to say that although the last 20 odd mls on Sunday certainly finished off the rose flush that we had going on here. So, if your roses are like ours then get out there in a fine and dry patch and remove the spent flowers. Feed with rose fert and they will be back in flower in 7 weeks, sorry but not quite in time for Christmas but the will certainly have a new flush on and look way better than they do now after all that wet. Cecilia and team have been on the case, and they are all looking pretty good again in time for the weekend. In our pruning, we do leave any buds still to flower so that there is still some colour but at home in my garden I would just start again.
Our Black Friday 25 % off pip and stone, Rhodo, Camellias as below.
Its not Friday the 13th today but all week its been black Friday advertised or some have even had Black Friday week and so if you didn't know we have 25% off all pip and stone fruit, Avocados, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas.
Our weekends will get busier as we all try to catch up with friends prior Christmas or there will be those team Christmas parties and all the events that go with this time of year. In that mix of busyness our gardens will have mostly flushed, and it will be the time to get in and trim and tidy and probably weed as well to get them up to scratch for the big day. So much to do. Whatever is on your list of things to do.