Nelson Leader : March 14th 2013
16 THE NELSON LEADER, MARCH 14, 2013 GARDENING Whakatu Group Riding for the Disabled Thanks to the team at They made this ad possible NEW YEAR HAS STARTED. Our Therapy R iding sessions are all up and running for the new year. R iders from last year are all back and settling well into their programmes. Several new riders have started with us this term. Rider Sponsorship: We welcome assistance for some of our riders, whose families cannot afford riding fees. Please contact us if you are interested in helping a rider enjoy the benefits of Therapeutic R iding. The group's horses all enjoyed their well earned rest over the Christmas break and are now back into their weekly ride programmes as well, coping with the heat and meeting new faces. Horse Sponsorship: The feeding, care and welfare of our horses is around $30-00 per horse each week. If you would like to help, by fully or part sponsoring one of them, please feel free to contact us. All donations are gratefully accepted. We are also needing man power to help with wire fencing of our internal paddocks. This needs to be done so that the horses are contained safely. Please contact the office if you can assist us with this. Thank you to everyone that has assisted the group in the past. Whakatu Group R DA Tantragee Rd, The Brook Phone: 03 546 6366 email@example.com Enquiries and donations to: 5078921AI Whakatu Grou p p RDA Rod with his horse 'Quest' 'Leigha' and 'Gem relax in the morning sun GENERATORS HOT HOUSES SAFETY EQUIPMENT 3.818m x 1.950m Kit Sets 4mm Polycarbonate Aluminium Framing Wooden base not included Great Buying RRP $1895.00 • • • • • HOT HOUSES Shop online at: www.safetyandtools.com $980 Only Contact Safety & Tools 027 261 6172 • Ph/Fax 03 686 2627 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Awesome Buying! Christine Cook & Sandy Lochhead Two trusted names in Real Estate 544 8778 Licensee Salespeople (REAA 2008) Christine Cook Sandy Lochhead Easy to grow: A stunning planting of Plumbago capensis growing along Petmart's wall in Richmond. Photo: STEPHEN McCARTHY Blue gems thrive in sun-drenched plots By STEPHEN McCARTHY The other day while returning from Nelson I noticed a stunning mass planting of blue Plumbago capensis growing against a sunny, north-westerly facing, lengthy wall of a commercial building at the junction of the Richmond deviation and Mc- Glashen Ave. The mass of china-blue flowers and bright green, glossy foliage looked spectacular. The situation was ideal for this plant, which once established revels in hot, dry places. Easy to grow, blue plumbago needs at least 5 hours of full sun to flower well and, as with many other plants, flowering will be severely reduced if planted in more shady areas. Blue plum- bago flowers for quite a lengthy period during late summer and autumn -- in warmer climes it flowers almost year-round. Plumbago capensis is also known as Cape Leadwort -- the word plumbago derives from the Latin plumbum for lead, on account of the lead blue colour of the flowers in the wild. Plumbago naturally comes in various shades of almost white, grey-blue to darker and brighter blue tones. These darker flowered plants have been selec- ted by nurserymen -- one of the darkest blue forms is called Royal Cape . It pays to buy plants in flower to get the desired colour. Although its native haunts in South Africa are warm it will stand areas that are much cooler -- I have seen it sprawling over a shed in Christchurch. It is ideal for the milder coastal parts of Nelson. Severe frosts may cut it back to the ground, but usually new shoots will appear from below ground in the spring. Frosted foliage can be pruned back quite hard with little ill effect. If left alone or not cut back by frost, blue plumbago will make a quite large shrub with long arching branches almost becom- ing a climber. In areas which suit it well it can become quite rampant and some pruning is definitely needed to stop it get- ting out of control. If pruned after flowering it can be trained into a shrub suitable for a smal- ler area or even clipped into an attractive but informal hedge. Pruning is best done in the win- ter when the plant is not actively growing. It can be pruned quite hard, taking out older wood in order to encourage to new flowering growth in the spring. Plumbago is reasonably drought tolerant once estab- lished and this makes it ideal for planting in large tubs, where its root restriction will keep it more manageable. In restricted areas such as borders, tubs, pots and hanging baskets, cut it back 15cm from soil level. Although plumbago does best in light, slightly acidic -- no lime please! -- sandy or gravelly soils it will do quite well in heavier ones providing they are well drained. Plumbago will defi- nitely not tolerate poor drainage and wet feet is sure death to it. Plumbago is very easy to propagate with cuttings of semi- ripe wood taken about Novem- ber, division of the roots of exist- ing plants and taking suckers from a larger plant. Often these suckers will have started to develop roots and can be buried in a pot of rooting compost When new growth begins it can then be cut from the parent.
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