Jeanette Utiger of New Plymouth also took up our Great Sweet Pea Challenge and we are glad she did. "I was interested in gardening at an early age. I lived on a farm with five other children, and my parents grew all our fruit and vegetables. I went to a rural school and we were encouraged to tend to a small garden and compete with others to win a prize. I cannot remember winning anything but it was fun. I just love my sweet peas. Thank you Dr Keith Hammett and NZ Gardener." #greatsweetpeachallenge#sweetpeaflowers#nzgardenermagazine#fragrantflowers#scentedblooms
Furry magnolia buds, harbingers of Spring, hide heaven-scented luxuriant blooms, soon to be coaxed out by the longer daylight hours. Belonging to the ancient Magnoliaceae family, they are some of the earliest flowering plants on earth. 🔵🔵☀️🔵🔵
In the garden today and blown away by the scent of this beauty that’s just popped open over the last few days. Winter Sweet (Chimonanthus praecox) in our location is one of the most deliciously scented substitutes for Witch Hazel, which we would also so love to be able to grow. Our lack of acidic soil in this region and ridiculously dry summers put pay to any hope of growing those. But for all you flower lovers out there who want to give a winter flowering shrub a go, in the delights of our East Anglian soil, try one of these, they’re fairly easy but will take some patience until you can cut some!