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).

Garden Diary: Reconnoitering the Rim

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 […]

A Short and Snappy Guide to Windbreaks

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, […]