February 2021

Hello Everyone

February 2021

A New Year, a New Publication and a New Website.

Much work has gone on behind the scenes at my desk over the summer holiday period; there is much to write about.

A New Year is unfolding in our gardens and if you are like me you will have plans for new ideas to be implemented. Whilst we’ve been concentrating on deadheading and watering, we’ve also been adding a few plants. Yesterday an order arrived from Peter Salmon at Hokonui Alpines for six plants of Antirrhinum hispanicum ‘roseum’. I grew this plant many years ago, lost it along the way, and when I read about it in Peter’s catalogue, I remembered it fondly. We have now added a group to our pink and mauve garden.

We’ve also added a group of a new variety of Echinacea, the Coneflower, to the pink garden. This plant is part of the new Mood series, which is  slightly lower-growing than the regular Coneflower, with a denser habit. I bought these from Terra Viva.

A New Publication

The main focus for me over the past month has been getting the first issue of my relaunched publication, The Gardener’s Journal, underway. It is an exciting project and we will be sending out the first issue in February. I have attached full information.  The Gardener’s Journal appeals to all active and inactive gardeners who are interested in topics related to gardening. If you know of someone who may be interested, please pass the info on. The Gardener’s Journal is available from me directly, either on subscription or for the purchase of an individual copy. It will also be in all good bookshops by late February.

A New Website

All newsletters dating back to February 2013 are now archived on the website and this area will be updated on a regular basis. There is a lot of information in these newsletters, so if you have a rainy day with not much to do, this reading might be useful. There is also a new page for The Gardener’s Journal and a separate page for my book, Frensham: A New Zealand Garden.



About Frensham

Our relaxed country garden started twenty nine years ago. In the early days I had very little gardening experience and no vision for the site, but an interest in plants was quickly developing. Over the years, with much trial and error, a garden has emerged which we and our visitors do enjoy.

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