Flower of the month

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Christ­mas lilies The de­li­ciously fra­grant trum­pet­shaped blooms of ei­ther Lil­ium re­gale or L. longi­flo­rum are a real favourite at this time of year, par­tic­u­larly with florists. To give your house a fes­tive flavour in the weeks lead­ing up to Christ­mas, buy pot­ted blooms ready to flower and place them in con­tain­ers out­side. Don’t for­get some lily flow­ers for the house too. Snip­ping the tops off sta­mens will en­sure the bright yel­low pollen doesn’t stain clothes and table­cloths. Leave some stem and leaves when cut­ting lily flow­ers – like all bulbs, they build en­ergy for next sea­son’s flow­er­ing through their fo­liage. Plant lilies where their tops will re­ceive sun but bulbs won’t dry out.

There are plenty of gar­dens to see this month with fes­ti­vals all around the coun­try, in­clud­ing in Tau­ranga (gar­de­nan­dart­fes­ti­val. co.nz), Taranaki (gar­den­festnz. co.nz) and Wai­heke Is­land (wai­hekegar­den­fes­ti­val.org.nz). If you’re keen on gar­den art, don’t miss the fab­u­lous NZ Sculp­ture On­Shore on Auck­land’s North Shore (nzs­culp­ture­on­shore.co.nz).

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