Tasman Leader : August 29th 2013
28 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 29, 2013 GARDENING CRUISE SAVE and EXCLUSIVE CRUISE SPECIALS! ONE WEEK ONLY: 2-9 SEPTEMBER Contact your local House of Travel office for all of the fantastic offers. Below are some of the best deals... 12 night Christmas & New Year Fly/ Cruise onboard the Diamond Princess® 16 night South American Adventure onboard Golden Princess® 11 night Best of Tahitian Islands Fly/ Cruise onboard Ocean Princess® 14 night Europe Fly/Cruise onboard Regal Princess® $3699 $5399 $2479 $3999 pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom pp share twin in an Interior Stateroom from from from from DEPARTS: 09 Feb 14 DEPARTS: 07 Jun 14 DEPARTS: 23 Dec 13 INCLUDES: Flight Sydney to Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch INCLUDES: Flights Auckland/Sth America/Auckland, 1 night pre & 1 night post cruise hotel. 14 night cruise INCLUDES: Flights Auckland Tahiti Auckland, Overnight Papeete & transfers INCLUDES: Flights Chch/Barcelona - Venice/Chch, 1 night pre/post accommodation, 10 day cruise, inside cabin DEPARTS: 14 Feb 14 CONDITIONS: Prices shown include airfares as indicated, all applicable port taxes and are based on current availability as at 25 AUG 13. Prices are per person in NZ dollars based on payment by cash sales, add 2% for credit card payments. Based on twin share occupancy in an interior state room and inclusive of main meals & entertainment on board, taxes & fees. Prices and exact cruise itineraries are subject to change without notice. Offer valid for new bookings only. New bookings must be made between 02-09 SEP 13 in order to qualify for the offer. Pre registration is available, however the prices will only be confirmed on Monday 02 SEP 13. All of the above options are non transferable and applicable only to the offered cruise. Tipping is not included and will be added to your room account at USD10.50 pp per day. You can change this at your discretion. Shipboard credits are per cabin in USD and can not be redeemed for cash if not spent. Deposit & full payment conditions and amendment fees apply. Passengers are bound by the terms & conditions of Princess Cruises. Travel Insurance is highly recommended -- your consultant will provide a quotation. Please speak to your House of Travel Consultant for the complete booking conditions. House of Travel Motueka | 03 528 1122 email@example.com House of Travel Richmond | 03 543 9760 firstname.lastname@example.org BONUS onboard credit per stateroom See instore for details. 5556275AA P P Prrriiic c ce e e Colourful spread: Dahlia and Lobelia cardinalis flowers from the red garden at Ohinetahi. Peninsula paradise Leader garden writer Stephen McCarthy finds inspiration at a Banks Peninsula wonderland. Gifted: Sir Miles Warren pictured in his garden at Ohinetahi in Governors Bay. Photo: FAIRFAX In April we visited Ohinetahi garden on Banks Peninsula. Ohinetahi was given to New Zealand last year by its long- time owner, the noted architect Sir Miles Warren. Not only is there a category one heritage building but also a wonderful garden, a piece of native bush and a park-like area overlooking the sea. The garden is designed in the arts and crafts manner,'' Sir Miles says. Instead of being the romantic Victorian-type garden, it's conceived as a series of gar- den rooms arranged around axes.'' The Arts and Crafts Move- ment began in the mid to late 19th century, and grew from the desire of a group of people such as William Morris, John Ruskin and Dante Rossetti who disliked the industrial way that Victorian England was heading. Instead of taming nature and producing machined structures, followers of the movement sought the natural landscape for inspiration. Ohinetahi features hornbeams leading to an oval garden surrounded by a horn- beam hedge. Then steps take one down into a woodland area where a stream flows under giant oak trees, ponga, mahoe, lancewoods and silver ferns. These are combined with exotic woodland species such as rhododendrons and magnolias, underplanted with hostas and trilliums. The garden has stone walls that follow the curve of the land and new ones are now being made from the stone blocks that came down when the top story of the old house was destroyed in the recent earthquakes. When we visited Ohinetahi we were much taken with the geometric red garden surrounded by clipped box hedges, and coloured with a selection of dahlias, lobelia cardinalis and Impatiens. There are many reds for Kiwi gardens. A new climbing rose with glossy green leaves, Red Flame' has dusky blooms with a strong scent. Red Flame is very easy to grow up against a wall or wooden structure such as a pergola or fence. The native pohutukawa flowers around Christmas time which is why it has become known as the New Zealand Christmas tree. There are now some fine modern horticultural varieties available. Metrosideros excelsa Vibrance' has large orange/red flowers and is good for the home garden as it starts flowering at an early age. It needs to be protected from frost when it is young but becomes more tolerant and matures to a tree 4m high x 2.5m wide. Kaka beak is another native with spectacular bright red flowers. Alstroemerias provide a mara- thon of flowers from November until May. These perennials thrive in free draining soils and enjoy plenty of manure and com- post. Hardy alstroemeria or par- rot flower is native to northern Brazil. They have tuberous roots and die down over winter. They readily multiply and make an excellent cut flower lasting for a long time in a vase. Alstroe- meria Red Baron' has strong dark red flowers and is readily available in garden centres. Poppies -- these are one of my favourite flowers of all time. They come in hundreds of colours, shapes and sizes. The red soldier poppy is a winner, often growing en masse in wheat fields throughout Europe. The large flowering perennial varieties reward those who plant them every year with months of bright and bold colour. Plant in full sun. Geraniums are one of those plants where familiarity has bred contempt. Love em or hate em these are flowering icons that are hard to match for vibrancy and resilience. Perfect for pots, containers hanging baskets and window boxes these plants can flower all year round if planted in sheltered spots. Ideal for the garden too, ensure they are in free draining soil in full sun for best flowering. They are easy to grow from cuttings to rejuvenate old woody plants.
August 22nd 2013
September 5th 2013