Somersal B&B (wedding 3)

Somersal B&B/Wedding venue

We had a wonderful time at Somersal B&B

John and Jenny treated us as princesses.

It was wonderful to be there for 3 nights.

They were also willing to accommodate Bertus, my son, on Friday night.

Somersal B&B / Wedding Venue

Somersal is an idyllic Bed and Breakfast Accommodation / Wedding Venue near the famous Waitomo Caves. Perched on the banks of the Waipa River in Pirongia, Waikato. It’s just 30 minutes north from the Waitomo Caves, 20 minutes from Hamilton and only 10 minutes drive from Te Awamutu. Stay in farm style comfort under a sky rich with stars, then wake to an especially prepared breakfast and the song of native birds in the garden.

I took some lovely photos.


Entrance gate.

My room entrance. Right hand the kitchen and dining area.


More garden photos!




Community garden today and 4 weeks ago

Wow, I have to say everything grows in this warm weather. We had some real hot days in the beginning of the week. Since yesterday it is cloudy and we had rain off and on.

I went to the community vegetable garden today for my hours weeding. I remembered to take my camera with me to take photos and compare it with the ones I have taken on the 23 November 2012( 4 weeks back)

The two beds at the back on the 23 November 2012

No potatoes, No other plants.


Today 28 December 2012.

Look at the potatoes on the right and tomatoes on the left

in the beds at the back.

Front beds are also ready for planting.


The next photo was also taken on the 23 November 2012.


Today 28 December 2012 and everything is growing like mad.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple



Etymology and definitions

The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura),[5] name of the Tyrian purple dyemanufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.[6][7]

The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year AD 975.[8]

My early morning walk gave me a closed purple flower.

The sun was not up that high, they were still in the shade.

Right way up

The other critical ‘condition’ for successful planting is to put the bulb into the ground the right way up. The bulb shoot should be facing up and the roots down. With most bulbs this is easy to determine as they go in pointy side up. As with every rule, there are exceptions. In the case of bulbs the exceptions are anemones and ranunculus, two of the cheapest and most cheerful of spring-flowering bulbs to grow. Anemone and ranunculus have small, oddly shaped bulbs that are a little tricky to manage. Technically the small bulb on these plants is called a corm. Neither of these bulbous plants need a spell in the crisper before planting but they do grow best if replanted from fresh each autumn.

Anemone corms look like chocolate drops. They are planted pointy side down as the point is the root, not the growing tip. If you are in any doubt, plant the corm sideways. Ranunculus grow from claw-shaped corms. The claws are the roots and these go down into the soil.,5545


More winter flowers


Some flowers we associate with winter. As soon as we see them we know  winter is really upon us.


Last winter I did a scrap boo session at a church.

They ladies thanked my by giving me a Cyclamen.

It did not want to really grow inside so I planted it outside at the back of my deck.

When winter came it gave me the first flowers.

In many areas within the native range, cyclamen populations have been severely depleted by collection from the wild, often illegally, for the horticultural trade; some species are nowendangered as a result. However, in a few areas, plant conservation charities have educated local people to control the harvest carefully at a sustainable level, including sowing seed for future crops, both sustaining the wild populations and producing a reliable long-term income. Many cyclamen are also propagated in nurseries without harm to the wild plants.

Cyclamen (US /ˈskləmɛn/sy-klə-men or UK /ˈsɪkləmɛn/sik-lə-men) is a genus of 23 species of perennials growing from tubers, valued for their flowers with upswept petals and variably patterned leaves. Cyclamen species are native from Europe and the Mediterranean region east to Iran, with one species in Somalia.

It was traditionally classified in the family Primulaceae but recently has been reclassified in the family Myrsinaceae.[1]

The next flower I also associate with winter.

(I see in the description that there are different types that bloom in different times of the year)

Poker plant/ Kniphofia uvaria/Torch lilly

Just across my drive way there are these “vuurpyle” as we call them in Afrikaans/

This is in New Zealand. Taken Half June 2012

Kniphofia uvaria originates from the Cape Province of South Africa,[1] and has been introduced into many parts of the world, such as North AmericaAustraliaNew Zealand, and Europe as a garden plant. It is hardy in zones 5-10.

In parts of south-eastern Australia, such as the Central and Southern Tablelands of New South Wales and southern Victoria, it has escaped cultivation and become naturalised.[1] It is now regarded as an environmental weed in these locations, spreading from former habitations into natural areas, where it can grow in thick clumps and threaten sensitive ecosystems. Elsewhere in southern Australia it is regarded as a potential environmental weed, and it may have also naturalised in parts of South Australia and California.[1]


The Rose

I am a thinker not really a doer. I love routine so that I know what to do and when. I can keep on pondering about things and at the end of the day or night nothing has happened.That’s me!

I want to share the feeling of beauty of flowers with you.ImageThe rose is a special flower to me. I picked this one yesterday from my only red rose bush. I only have a very small piece of garden and this rose bush was already there when I moved in.It has survived a lot of hardship and still gives these beautiful roses.

The first summer, after I moved in two years ago, this rose bush gave me heaps of roses. I  took some photos and put them on a scrapbook page.

I used Beth Middlers  THE ROSE  as a theme.

Here is the pageImage