We have been lucky enough to have spent just over a week away from Christchurch in the Bay of Plenty visiting family, friends, celebrating birthdays, and introducing our little one to them all! (I think he’s bored with it being just me for company again haha)
While being away from home I’m always looking at peoples gardens, I love it when my husband drives and I get to just look around where ever we go - one thing I always notice while being in the North Island is how lush and tropical gardens are compared to being down south.
One garden we drove past a lot was the community garden in the Otumoetai Rail Reserve, and finally, on the last day we stopped off at it to have a wander around.
I do love the ability to garden in my own backyard - it’s super handy and we have the space too - but I also love the idea of community gardens, where you get to meet like-minded people giving an awesome social element to the gardening (just like through these blogs, but in real life!).
While there we met a lovely couple who had just taken over a garden bed, they were clearing the weeds and as we got chatting we learned that they chose to have a bed there as it was sunnier than the garden space on their property, it was just a short stroll from home, and they were looking forward to meeting like-minded locals - they were about to plant tomatoes, basil, cabbage and had dreams of lots of pickles for pickling!
Gardeners really are lovely people!