Archives for May 2012

Vintage New Zealand Department of Conservation Posters

Those fabulous folks over at Retronaut have another kiwi gem hidden in their archives. The other day I pointed out their fine examples of NZ flora on vintage New Zealand tourism posters, and now I’ve found the delightful collection of Department of Conservation posters. Most I remember from classroom walls when I was just a little […]

NZ Tourism Posters

Come to New Zealand see the beautiful plants! Wonderful collection of 1930’s New Zealand tourism posters at Retronaut – get over there and check out the rest of the collection.  

Simple soil building for free: Autumn leaves make the best soil

The best soil comes from composted leaves.  It’s a process that’s been perfected by nature over millenia, so who are we to mess with it? Leaves from deciduous trees fall in autumn, they spend winter breaking down and by spring are the perfect organic additive for your garden. Simply rake them up and make a […]

Happy grass

Resembling a dance party poster from the early 90’s, this incredible close-up is actually the internal workings of a plant I walk past nearly every day. Starting in the 1930’s, marram grass Ammophila arenaria was planted extensively around coastal New Zealand to bind sand dunes. It’s vigorous and invasive growth has caused the homogeneous sage-green dunes […]