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 […]
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).
You know how some things just take time…. or some spare cash… well we’ve been talking about doing it for ages but finally went and spent a coupla hundred on some NZ natives to plant around our fenceline. Not only will these little beauties make the whole area look amazing, but improve our soil quality […]
Why establish windbreaks? Because they: — allow gardens to grow without being beaten to death, — slow erosion, — increase pasture and production, — reduce stock losses, — protect plants, — habitat for wildlife and insects, — manage snow, — can provide fodder, food crops, timber or fuel, — improve work conditions. Windbreak components Height, […]