Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Clematis is Flowering

We planted Clematis Paniculata seeds in pots about six years ago. When large enough they were planted out atthe edge of our bush. They are now starting to flower for the first time. Fantastic. We look forward to this beautiful native creeper climbing and flowering over the bush canopy.

Saturday, 25 July 2015


Today while weeding self set pine trees in the Hugh Crawford DOC reserve I came across this cordyline banksii. It is the tallest I have seen around here at about two metres. There are many small ones up to 600mm high but this seems unusual.

Tomtit visited me while I was there. It was quite wonderful working away with the perfumed alseuosmia all about. It seem like an extraordinary year for flowering. The scent completely fills the air.

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Pi Manu - The Ngunguru Sandspit

It was a stunning day today on the Ngunguru Sandspit.  Two to three times a year we have the privilege of counting shorebirds there for The Ngunguru Sandspit  Protection Society and Birds New Zealand. (OSNZ). Views south to the Horahora River mouth and Pataua. What a wonderful place the Tutukaka Coast is. You too can visit this beach if you come to the Tutukaka Coast Winter Festival