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For the week of: Wednesday 27th September 2006
WHAT?S BEEN HAPPENING?:
Everything's happening! Great weather and the gardeners are out. Tomatoes are moving well. We have some good size plants for those that want a head start. Plenty of most varieties - single potted and six packs. Vege plants are selling well too - we grow all our own vegetable plants so theres unlimited supplies of everything. Flower plants are also looking better in the warmer weather. We have good quality stock at the moment of Petunias, Livingstone Daisies, Lobelias, Marigolds.
When it comes to potted colour, we have Geraniums and large Pelagoniums to fill those empty pots or plots.
Barnhaven Primulas are still looking good. Fushias we have at the moments are the first of those for the season. Colourwave Petunias, Sunbells and Verbena are all new seasons plants too, and would make any hanging basket look great.
Rhododendrons selling well as they come into flower. Its a good time to buy them when you can see them in colour.
Flowering Cherries are at their best, especially the weeping Cheryls Weeper -
in full colour now. Another favourite is Mt Fuji, the spreading White Prunus.
Maples look great too, in new leaf.
It is well worth a visit to see our Nurseries at their best.
WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING?:
Anything you like in the garden. Lawn mowing has started. Make sure you trim the edges as well - can't have a job half done! First weed spraying can be done now. Doesnt take long for the weeds to look through.
Spreading fertilizer can also be done now because everything loves a topdress with all this new growth.
Get out in your garden and ENJOY IT!
Theres lots to do.
THIS WEEKS SPECIAL:
Tweed street only
We are having a revamp on our irrigation dept and we are clearing out alot of odds and ends at heavily reduced prices.
So come in for a look if you want an irrigation system
PLANT OF THE WEEK COMPETITION:
Take a look at the plant attached below and if you recognise it e-mail us with your answer. If you are the first to guess correctly you will win!
Last weeks answer: Golden berry
Last weeks winner: Maggie Elford
SUPERSAVE PET DEPOT:
- Silk waterlillies are rocketing out from only $2.98. Be in if you want to
beautify you're pond, bird bath etc.
- Last chance for Laguna powerjet pumps at 1/2 price. Out with last seasons stock and in with new.
- Fish pond food $9.95 KG
RECIPE OF THE WEEK:
GRANDAD DIACK'S GREEN TOMATO CHUTNEY
6 cups of diced, firm, green tomatoes
1 cup golden raisins
1 cup chopped onion
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups cider vinegar
1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon chopped crystallized ginger
Combine all ingredients in a large pot; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and
cook for about 1 hour, until thickened.
Spoon chutney into hot sterilized jars, putting lids on as you go. To create the best chutney process for 15 minutes in boiling-water.
This recipe should make about 8 cups of green tomato chutney.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
A Week in the life of a Gardener's Spouse
She dug the plot on Monday, the soil was rich and fine
But she forgot to put the dinner on, so out we went to dine.
She planted roses Tuesday, she says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely, but she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday it was daisies they opened with the sun,
All pinks and whites and yellows, but the laundry wasn't done.
The poppies came on Thursday all bright and cherry red,
I guess she really was engrossed, she never made the bed.
It was violets here on Friday in colours she adores,
It never bothered her at all, the dirt upon our floors.
Saturday I hired a maid, I'd not admit defeat,
She can garden all she wants now and the house will still be neat
It's nearly lunchtime Sunday I cannot find the maid,
Oh I don't believe it. She's out there alongside my wife with her own spade!
Submitted by Lindsay from Blenhiem.
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HAVE A REALLY COOL WEEK!