Clear Mountain Garden Treasures

Clear Mountain Garden TreasuresNewsletter


Welcome to a new year. I have been traveling a bit in the last months. This month's blog is on interesting animals and plants from my trip to Malaysia. This will be shortly followed by a blog on the Taranaki Orchid Society Summer Show.

Summer is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labour. Berry and stone fruit should be ripening, and the vegetable garden should be producing. The weather has been kind to the garden so watering has been minimal this year. However, the wet weather may not continue and it is important to keep up watering in the hot summer weather.

Selected new additions:
Globe Artichoke should be coming into flower now. Harvest the flowers young to enjoy their tender hearts. Spanish moss is not a moss but an air plant related to pineapples. Its tiny flowers fill the evening air with an enchanting fragrance. Sedirea japonica is an orchid that comes from Korea and Japan. It is related to Phalaenopsis but grows in much cooler conditions.

This month's panorama photo is of the new Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River in New Plymouth. It is part of the coastal walkway, that now reaches from the port to Bell Block. The bridge is an unusual design supported by two steel tubes below the concrete deck and one arched above with a number of arching ribs. The design of the ribs is that of a wave gradually breaking.

Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River, New Plymouth, January 2012.

 Featured Plant of the Month

Dragon Fruit
This species of night blooming cactus is grown mainly for its showy perfumed flowers and its large edible fruits. [More...]

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 What's new


Max. variabilis
This Maxillaria grows as an epiphyte or...

Sed. japonica
This orchid comes from Japan and Korea....

Globe Artichoke
Globe artichoke is a vegetable grown...

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No January Newsletter
There will be no newsletter in January. Normal newsletters will resume in February.

Merry Christmas
We would like to wish everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year. Hope you have an enjoyable and safe holidays.

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 Malaysia Trip #1

19 January 2012

I visited Malaysia in November 2011, after having been to the World Orchid Conference in Singapore. There were many interesting places, rich in history and culture, diverse in wildlife.

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 In the News

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PSA threatens 25% cut in kiwifruit exports
Missouri Botanical Garden scientists examine toxicity of medicinal plants in Peru
Wildflower wonders of the world
Visit the planet’s best wildflower destinations in the footsteps of botanist Dr Bob Gibbons. [More...]
The Five Healthiest Backyard Weeds
You likely have weeds in your garden or in your neighborhood that are actually far more healthful than almost anything you can grow or buy. Far from famine food, these so-called weeds can be delicious if prepared properly. And they are absolutely free. [More...]
Researchers demonstrate green tea is effective in treating genetic disorder and types of tumors
A compound found in green tea shows great promise for the development of drugs to treat two types of tumors and a deadly congenital disease. [More...]
Autumn crocus are the source of a new cancer drug
The search for more effective cancer treatments may soon harness the healing power of the Autumn crocus. [More...]
Spicing up broccoli boosts its cancer-fighting power
Teaming fresh broccoli with a spicy food that contains the enzyme myrosinase significantly enhances each food's individual cancer-fighting power and ensures that absorption takes place in the upper part of the digestive system where you'll get the maximum health benefit. [More...]

 Q & A Space

I started coreopsis seeds in peat pots and placed them inside the hot water cylinder cupboard. Whey have they not germinated?

Coreopsis require cooler conditions to germinate (and some light too, but not too much). Use a good seed raising mix, sow the seeds on the surface of the mix, or shalowly burried. Cover the pots with plastic to keep in humidity and germinate in outside temperatures.

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Featured Plants
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Kaka beak
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