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This has been a very wet winter in ChCh.
Actually almost all of New Zealand has had extreme rain & snow this year.
Despite this the grass is growing.
I mowed just over a week ago, looked so much better.
Now it looks like needing another trim.
I am seeing lots of seedlings (& weedlings) coming up.
There is Honesty in my nicely cleared 'woodland' corner.
There are also bulbs poking their way through the leaf mulch so I don't want to be stomping on those while I massacre the honesty.
If the weather improved I would be tempted to break out the roundup.
If the weather improved I could happily crawl around plucking out weedlings.
My new next door neighbour is busy clearing the garden on his side of the boundary wall.
He is not mucking about - in there with a small digger - bobcat?
He uncovered a rhododendron & wants to give it some light & space to grow.
Goodness knows how old it is - I have lived here 8 years & never realised it was over there.
I can now see it quite clearly from here in the dining room where my pc is set up.
I suspect next door is like my garden, you can tell that once a long time ago it was well tended.
Years of neglect allowed some shrubs & trees to go mad & every year as I have cleared areas & done some radical pruning new plants have come to light.
Be interesting to see how his progresses.
All my basket fungus seems to have shriveled up & died off.
That was a very unusual find.
Must have come in with a load of bark or maybe even firewood a few years ago.
Looks quite ghostly & fortunately despite being a kind of stink horn there was no nasty smell.
Wonder if it will come up again next year?