Taro: The vegetable that could feed a small village

OK – I have a new appreciation for taro Colocasia esculenta. I had no idea they could get that big. Somehow found myself checking out Scot Nelson’s photos on Flickr – I don’t know how, it’s the internet, it does these things. I was quite taken by Some important plants of Hawaii and just smitten with his […]

Something smells bad

I like cows. I enjoy a nice piece of steak every so often, consider cheese not only a separate food group but a necessity for life and think cream is floaty. I’m also thankful for some of the manure that graces my compost pile, invigorating my soil microbes. But what the hell is this country […]

Megaherb smacks down Killer Nettle

  In a true demonstration that cute and cuddly beats pesky and prickly, the Chatham Island forget-me-not (Myosotidium hortensia) has become New Zealand’s favourite plant for 2010. In a national poll by the New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) to find the country’s preferred plant, the potentially deadly tree nettle Ongaonga (Urtica ferox) dominated voting […]

Resplendent Natives

To the uninformed, New Zealand natives are green and boring. How wrong those poor saps are. Have a look at these deliciously radiant native species all flowering now: Hebe speciosa ‘Magenta’, manuka and Phormium cookianum Poor Knights lilies (Raupo taranga; Xeronema callistemon) flowering spike.(Thanks David for correcting me through the comments).