New be­gin­nings

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Iam ex­cited to have a new gar­den. Given that it’s a tenth the size of my last gar­den it’s go­ing to present me with a few tidy chal­lenges! I’m go­ing to have to be a lot pick­ier about what I plant. And it’s been many years since I faced the other lim­i­ta­tions of ur­ban gar­den­ing. More shade, for ex­am­ple, tricky soil and more places where rain doesn’t reach.

In search of small gar­den in­spi­ra­tion I vis­ited Cop­per Crest Vil­lage in Tau­ranga and came away fully re­as­sured that cut­ting down on space in no way takes away any of the en­joy­ment to be had from gar­den­ing. Gar­den­ing in less space means you have to fo­cus on the kinds of plants you love the most. You have to re­ally think about your plant choices, which not only en­gages you in fas­ci­nat­ing botan­i­cal re­search but also with peo­ple.

Meet­ing the gar­den­ers at Cop­per Crest also re­minded me just how much plants en­rich our lives - in so many dif­fer­ent ways. I was im­pressed with the va­ri­ety th­ese plant lovers packed into their com­pact spa­ces, and I was re­minded that plants will, if you help them, grow well in less than ideal cir­cum­stances.

Con­tainer gar­den­ing is a fine ex­am­ple of plants grow­ing in an ‘un­nat­u­ral’ place. Of course, it helps that th­ese days we have a vast choice of plants that were espe­cially bred to thrive in a pot or hang­ing bas­ket. We look at some of the best on page 22.

Most of all in my down­siz­ing I’ve been miss­ing my trees. Then while vis­it­ing a spe­cial gar­den­ing friend in Katikati my eyes fell on a beau­ti­ful minia­ture beech, old and gnarly just like the one I used to love look­ing at through the kitchen win­dow, but only a hun­dredth the height. Sud­denly I see bon­sai in new light!

Happy sum­mer gar­den­ing

Sue

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