Winter Gardeners at Fyffe Lodge

Winter at Fyffe Lodge   Like everyone else throughout New Zealand at this time of the year we have heads down and bottoms up with pruning and trimming.   With some 60 roses on site it takes us a while not to mention the grape vine and the stone fruit trees.   Stringing up the…

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Villa Toscana, Wedding, Art & Spring in the Coromandel

The Colours of Tuscany . . . . Spring is finally here, making the yellows of Villa Toscana even brighter:     . .   The year Gone By We have had a very interesting year, and amongst other things  hosted a beautiful wedding with 90 guests …….. Wedding Video And at the same time…

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Keri Keri in the Far North

Spring Keri Keri is blooming with beautiful flowers and stunning spring growth.  We are enjoying  a stunning spring which bodes well for summer.  Long, dry and hot.  We are this year thoroughly enjoying the fruits of our 7 years of labour in our garden.  We planted Sally Holmes Roses when we arrived in this idyllic…

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Kaikoura Spring with Fyffe Country Lodge

Spring is Busy Busy for Kaikoura and Surrounds…….. So much activity….. The Hop Our region starts off with the Kaikoura Hop usually around the 24th September. This is great for car enthusiasts and the event attract approximately 700 car entries. The town just buzzes. Entries are from all over New Zealand and already I understand…

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Rimu Lodge….. West Coast

Haast Highway An update on the Haast Pass Highway 6 slip for the South Island properties sending guests up the West coast.  The road has been open 93% of the last 15 days October 2 to October 17.  This is having devastating consequences for tourism operators both on the coast and in Wanaka. There have…

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Dunedin’s Rhododendrons

Dunedins Rhododendrons Every year in October the City of Dunedin celebrates one of New Zealand’s loveliest sights – the exotic beauty of the City’s Rhododendrons. Here a fortuitous partnership of soil and climate combine to give one of the finest Rhododendron growing areas in the world, thus earning Dunedin the description of Rhododendron City. Originating…

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Dry Spring on Stewart Island

Dry Spring Since we put the new water tank in place….. and pumped it full from our existing storage we’ve had very little rain. So much so that Iris has been watering her new vegetable plantings for several days after sowing. Most unusual, especially this time of year. A wry comment on our normal rain fall…

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Dunedin Spring

Great Winter…. Better Spring After a fantastic winter, we are now experiencing a glorious Dunedin Spring. The Azaleas look particularly beautiful this year, the Daffodils have come out and the Tulips are also now emerging. There is so much work to do in the house and garden at this time of year and I have been spending…

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Spring Has Sprung at the top of the South Island

Enjoying our Town Jeanne and I are just back from a leisurely walk down to the waterfront for a coffee, then along the Queen Charlotte Sound foreshore. Picton Winter weather has been very kind to us, with the firewood shed still over half full. The first few days of the Spring season have given us…

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