October 2014

Burning question

I'm getting married in the Manawatu at the beginning of January 2015 and I'd like to create a colourful cottage garden/wildflower look in my garden. What should I plant and when?

Typically, when the soil starts to warm up is the best time to plant. You'll be able to tell this is happening when the grass on your back lawn starts to grow. But to be on the safe side (and ensure you get the seedlings in in time), I recommend planting 12 weeks before your wedding.

Awapuni's online shop has loads of colourful flowers, so the best idea would be to jump online and see what we have available. Whatever is available at the time you decide to plant (right about now by my calculations) will be perfect for planting then.

Click here to email Tod your burning question today.

Wonderful wisteria

Wisteria trees all over the country are starting to bloom and showcase their wonderful colour. But we’re not sure if any Kiwi wisteria will be able to compare to this tree, which is in the Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi, Japan.

The tree is approximately 143 years old and is so large it has to have its branches supported by beams. The best time to visit is mid April to mid May.

Vege BBQ recipes

It’s the start of barbecue season! And while the barbecue is typically the domain of meat, it doesn’t always need to be. As avid vege growers we were pretty excited when we stumbled across this tasty looking list of vegetarian recipes for barbecuing.

As the author says, vegetarians and vegans tend to get sidelined in barbecue season – the grill's usually filled with meat and fish, and veggie food is often an afterthought.

Well, these summery dishes redress the balance a little.

Working on our website

Since we modified the checkout process in our online shop we've had a couple of people get in touch to say they've had trouble placing an order. As a result of these calls we've made a few more tweaks to the checkout.

If you ever have difficulties placing an order from our online shop or have any questions please do give us a call on 0800 33 2000 or email me and we'll make sure your order gets placed ASAP.

Thanks for your help and apologies for any inconvenience caused. Cheers Henri

Awapuni nursery tours

As hopefully you already know, we’re always happy for visitors to drop in to the nursery and say hi.

If you’re ever driving past and want to grab some seedlings straight from the source you’re welcome to visit our store and nursery and see where the magic happens.

But this December we’re stepping things up. For the first three Wednesdays of the month we’ll run a free tour from 10am of the nursery with a free bundle of seedlings for everyone who turns up, the chance to win more seedlings and of course our regular nursery deals such as $1 potted colour plants, three bundles for $10 and our new Pick & Mix deal (fill a pot with any seedlings for $4).

So if you’ve ever wanted to see what happens behind the scenes at Awapuni lock one of these dates in your calendar and visit here for more information. And don’t worry, we’ll keep reminding you of the tours closer to the time.

Happy gardening
Henri Ham

The classic cucumber

When I think about what makes a classic summer salad or sandwich, the telegraph cucumber is first to spring to mind. Subtly sweet, crisp, and refreshing. If that isn’t enough to tempt you, they’re also high in Vitamin C and super hydrating.  
If you want to pick yours straight from the garden this summer, rather than fight your way through the skin-tight plastic wrap that so often accompanies the store-bought variety, now’s the time to get planting.

First, grab your telegraph cucumber seedlings from your local supermarket or Bunnings. Alternatively, head to our online shop and get your seedlings delivered direct to your door.

When positioning the longest and thinnest member of the cucumber family, look for a warm, sunny and dry spot in your garden. Dig in some compost or leftover potting mix to the soil, making sure it’s friable or breaks up in your hand. Then, plant your seedlings.

The telegraph likes something to cling on to so, for best results, either place them near a trellis or similar frame, or use a simple stake.

Read on for more details...

Some like it hot

I've often wondered if I added up the number of hours I spend watering the garden each summer, what the exact total would come to? I’m sure the answer would surprise me. Imagine what else I could be doing with that time? Enjoying a well-earned drink on the deck springs to mind.

That’s why I like plants and flowers that tend to look after themselves. Like the colourful gazania, for example. This Southern-African native prefers conditions that are hot, dry, windy and sunny – the perfect plant for a long New Zealand summer.

Because of this, it’s best to position them in a free draining area –along the side of your house, near your letterbox or, if you’re lucky enough, outside your beach house.

Gazania will add a splash of summer colour, producing flowers in hot shades of orange, red, yellow and cream – colours that also look stunning in pots. In fact, they’re perfect for the deck as you can leave them to go about the business of flowering, without the need for watering.

Sound like the perfect plant for you? Grab some Awapuni gazania seedlings from your local supermarket or Bunnings. Look out for the fiery Kiss Orange Flame and Kiss Rose, as well as our mixed variety. Alternatively, head to our online shop and get them delivered straight to your door.

Read on for more details...

October is a good time to...

Plant whatever your heart desires! If you’re a novice gardener it's the perfect time to start your own vege patch. Check out Tod’s top tips for a beginner vege garden here.

If you’re a bit more experienced, grow summer veges and herbs like carrots, beans, peas, lettuce, courgettes, basil and tomatoes. Remember to protect your vege patch from birds.
Brighten your garden with impatiens, lobelia, petunias, and any other flower available from our online shop at the moment. And sprinkle a good general fertiliser, such as nitrophoska blue, on your lawns and garden beds.

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Floral upcycling

After sharing on our facebook page the pic of an old canoe upcycled into a garden bed we did a quick search on the internet to see what other large items had been transformed by clever gardeners. Here are two of our favourites.



Congratulations to the following Cultivated News subscribers, Tania from Christchurch, Linda from Te Aro, Harvey from Auckland and Cecelia from Ashburton who have won Awapuni Nurseries seedlings simply for being subscribed during September.

Remember, we're giving away seedling bundles to Cultivated News subscribers every month during 2014, so stay subscribed for your chance to win.


Henri and Paul Ham, Awapuni Nurseries Ltd
Pioneer Highway PO Box 7075 Palmerston North 4443 NEW ZEALAND


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