This photo of our Blue Mountain Nurseries team was taken last week to advertise our SALE- it seems a lifetime ago- so much has changed. And yet some things have remained like the pleasure of gardening and being in nature during stressful times.
Our retail store closed in the COVID-19 shutdown just a few days before our eagerly awaited SALE! So for the first time ever, we are running our annual SALE both completely online and in the social isolation of the Hughes family bubble. The Hughes family have been helping people enjoy their garden since 1932 – as a family, we are strong as well as passionate about plants and we will get through this together.
You can now conveniently and safely shop online at our website and your beautiful garden and farm plants ordered from the SALE will be set aside for you until transport options become available.
Getting outside in the fresh air among plants and in the sunshine can soothe the body and mind and lower stress levels. We look forward to offering you a wonderful selection of beautiful plants at sale prices, from gorgeous garden plants, to farm planting selections. Keep safe, and look after one another. Kia Kaha.
General Manager Blue Mountain Nurseries
With Covid-19 still a very real risk, people who are unwell are told to stay home, and to keep any sickly kids home too - but what if you don't have any more sick leave owing?
Most Kiwis are entitled to five days of sick leave a year, but some - often those in lower paid jobs - get less.
New Zealand’s minimum sick leave allowance is one of the lowest in the OECD. In Australia they get 10 days, in most European countries it’s even more.
Should Kiwis be entitled to more sick leave?
To read more, click here.
59.8% Yes, five days is not enough59.8% Complete
13% No, I never use mine up anyway13% Complete
27.2% Entitlement should be assessed on a case-by-case basis27.2% Complete
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In this week’s issue of Get Growing, we discuss the best fruit to grow for preserves and meet the herb expert who’ll help you get a good night’s sleep. Plus harvest cauliflowers; prepare for spring sowing; clear gutters and drains; don’t sacrifice flower buds; and add crunch to salads and snacks.
Follow our guide to plants to sow and grow this month and nominate a Houseplant Hero. Go in the draw for Calathea rufibarba plants and garden gloves from Palmers and be in to win a room makeover from NZ House & Garden and Resene.
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