Gum Trees

By gum trees I'm referring to Eucalypts or Eucalyptus species, generally from Australia. There's a fair few planted here in New Zealand, in plantations and on farms. We see them all the time and 'blue gum' is always on offer among the types of firewood for sale. The first three photos are of a single... Continue Reading →

Ap-peeling Bark

Does this appeal? New Zealand tree fuchsia, Fuchsia excorticata. Kōtukutuku. Endemic to NZ. Tree fuchsia has papery, orangish bark that peels off in strips. When we had our goats they loved to gobble the crispy, papery strips of bark. Tree Fuchsia, Southland Click on either photo to enlarge. Two different locations. Taken by Nigel Text... Continue Reading →

Solomon’s Seal

We found Solomon's Seal (Polygonatum sp.) flowering in various parts of Maple Glen Garden yesterday and we both took photos. Of particular interest was a whole line of these plants that Nigel photographed, planted as a ground cover edging between a row of mature trees and a grass path. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part Two

Part Two of a two-part series on our winter visit to Maple Glen Gardens on Monday 30 July 2018. Maple Glen Gardens are an extensive 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand. Maple Glen has been created from scratch, literally from farm paddocks, by the Davison family - Muriel, Bob... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen: Part One

Maple Glen is a beautiful 45-acre private garden in the rural countryside of Southland, about a 30-minute drive from where we live in Gore. Its a huge, multi-featured garden that's open all year and personally developed and maintained by the owners. Muriel Davison created the garden from a bare paddock and at their website she's... Continue Reading →

Whisky Creek, Ferns and Fuchsia

We haven't done any walking tracks for ages but Sunday afternoon 22 April we headed out from Gore in the direction of Dolamore Park and made a spur-of-the-moment decision to try the Whisky Creek track. This track offered an interesting variety of native flora and was pretty typical of what you expect when walking a... Continue Reading →

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