Thursday, 8 December 2016
"Uncle Warwick's" Iris - gardening part 1
Gardening remains a big hobby with New Zealanders, perhaps not what it once was when every Kiwi family in the 1950's would have had almost their entire vegetable supply provided from the back yard.
Even when I was flatting in Wellington in the late 1970's my flatmate Andrew had most of the backyard of our tiny workman's cottage at the top of Tasman Street supplying our vegetables in the same way his dad had done.
Times have really changed with cheap vegetables available from the supermarket, diminishing property sizes and families setting their priorities differently the back garden and indeed the front flower gardens are not as I remember growing up. There is however the remaining older generation keeping up the standard.
These are somewhat sweeping generalisations.
Below an Iris from my Uncle Warwick's (92) garden. Warwick has very poor eyesight but still maintains his garden including vegetables, iris and clematis. It's a real credit to him.