On the 14th and 15th May, to celebrate the return to gardening after 49 days absence, the Heritage Gardeners planted approximately 200 Van Sion daffodil bulbs on the lawn bank. Van Sion is an heirloom bulb found at early settler garden sites in Glenside.
Codd bottle. Photo: Paul Bicknell
The gardeners were very busy during lockdown! Here's what we did at home -
Washed, sorted and labelled historical artifacts found when digging in the garden.
Distributed heritage vegetable seeds to grow at home.
Wrote plant labels for the big trees in the garden.
Researched 'original' plants in the garden for the website and updated the website.
Sorted and labelled heritage seeds for resale.
The Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic was declared on March 11th, 2020 (Northern Hemisphere time) by the Director General, World Health Organisation.
The Heritage Gardeners last met as a group for a planning meeting on the 11 March. The Johnsonville Friendship Club visited the garden on 12 March. The Heritage Gardeners held a further meeting on 18 March for those interested in developing a vegetable garden.
From 26 March -13 May the gardeners were not able to garden at the Halfway House.
New Zealand significant dates:
Level 4 lockdown 26.03.20 to 27.04.20 - Stay home unless essential workers
Level 3 lockdown 28.03.20 to 13.05.20 -
Level 2 lockdown 14.05.20 to 08.06.20 -
On Tuesday 9th June 2020, NZST, NZ entered Level 1 - Resume normal activity
At that time of resuming normal activity, New Zealand had 0 active cases of Covid 19. A total 1504 people in NZ had the disease and 22 people died of it. Borders remain closed except for approved situations such as New Zealand citizens returning home and critical workers.
Heritage gardeners, Paul and Heather enjoying the garden in February
Rebus Khandallah visited the garden in February.