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Welcome to our first Blog for the new Collectors Corner website launch. It has taken me a long time to decide to take the plunge to do this. I am thrilled to have had Charlie and his team from the Sunroom Web Design on board to put this together for me, and make it look so professional. Really delighted with the finished product. Charlie has made it so easy to get things together as I know Latin names can be really confusing for the uninitiated.

I have operated a small home based nursery for a number of years, specialising in rare and unusual, and old fashioned favourite perennial plants, bulbs and seeds gathered over a lifetime. In the past they have been offered on Trademe and the time has now come to move on to hopefully greener pastures. To start with there will still be some listings on Trademe until this site gets known; I trade under the name of collectorscnr membership number 2926965.

My operation is rather small, and I courier plants to your door nationwide that usually leave here each and every Monday or Tuesday, depending on which part of the country the parcel is heading to .

Because of the size of the property, room dictates how much product can be potted and stored on site. Some items are in short supply and sell very quickly, so you need to check in regularly to see what is available. Do not hesitate to ask if you are looking for something special, you never know your luck!!

Along with the plants there is a seed list, together with a list of dry bulbs which come on stream around Christmas time. The bulbs do sell out very quickly as some are always in short supply. Seeds are available all year round as are the plants. The collectable ornamental oxalis bulbs, which are so popular, are listed around November.

Special favourite perennials and bulbs are members of the iris family (iridacea) they do well on the hot dry north facing bank we are situated on. Salvias are another favourite, most flowering and giving valuable colour in autumn and supplying nectar for the little silvereyes who love to visit the flowers. This year has seen hundreds of silvereyes visit the garden, attracted as well to the regular supply of sugared water I have out for them.

After the dreadful flooding in Nelson recently its heartwarming to see some spring colour appearing in the gardens, the early dwarf daffodils have started to make their appearance known, some early blossom trees are showing signs of colour. A few warm & sunny days are going to bring things on quickly

It’s such a lovely time of the year to look forward to

Happy gardening

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