This year, spring has well and truly sprung me. The weeds have been having a party in the warm damp weather. But that’s OK. There is still time to indulge in the satisfaction that comes from clearing a space and transforming it into something fresh and new.
Creativity - the act of turning imaginative ideas into reality - has got to be the most enjoyable and heartening aspect of gardening. Gardening is one of the most accessible and affordable ways we can create a space that is entirely our own. And if it doesn’t quite work out how we planned, there is always next year!
November brings an explosion of fresh ideas. If stuck for inspiration we only need to attend one of the many fantastic garden festivals to be inspired by our fellow gardeners. There are gardens to visit all round the country this month with a major event happening every weekend (see our list on page 37). Last but not least at the end of the month we have an all new New Zealand Flower and Garden Show (more about this on page 23). I can’t wait to see what this year’s flock of clever designers bring to the show.
Constraint, it’s said, is the mother of creativity. Whether we are constrained by lack of space, time, budget (or all three) there is great satisfaction in finding the solutions and our gardens are all the better for it. In this issue Sarah talks to a couple of Auckland’s top designers about creating beautiful gardens in limited space (page 13).
If, like me, you've run out of time and find yourself at the end of spring with little more than a pile of weeds, there is still plenty of time to sow seeds. Or better still, plant what the nurseries have grown to perfection for you. Right now, garden centres are piled high with potted vegetable seedlings and beautiful flowering treasures ready to plant just as soon as you've made them a space.
Happy summer gardening