While the weather here in the Pacific Northwest is still frosty, I’ve been thinking fondly of the cool, wet fall I enjoyed in New Zealand. One of the more blustery days on the east coast of the south island was spent at Larnach Castle. Sitting just east of Dunedin, it serves as mostly a tourist attraction and B&B. It also boasts an impressive garden. When I visited, it was just to check out the gardens of course.
I have a few packets of Clianthus puniceus seeds that I was able to bring back home with my luggage. I have yet to plant them, but I hope to start that soon. Supposedly they are quick to germinate and quick to grow. If I can manage even a meager germination rate, I should have several that make it in my care.
There were a few areas around the castle grounds that I didn’t check out, simply because the weather was cold, wet and windy. It was a good day to spend indoors. I’m pretty certain that my navigator would have rebelled, had I venture out much further into the garden.
I love a challenge. Whether it is germinating seeds from exciting new plants (at least exciting and new for me), keeping and raising fish, poison dart frogs, and ornamental shrimp, or navigating new areas of the world without maps or guides, I am interested in it. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, and I'm still fond of moss and gray skies.
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