The last of the spring planting is done at ‘Hou Ngahere’! We got the final 30 Kowhai trees in the ground (part of the 270 from the Easter planting) before it dries out for the summer.
Now we’re watching the Kereru (Wood Pigeon) shred the older Kowhai trees. Its not all bad though, having them visit us on the land brings the seeds of the bigger trees which are now starting to pop up as seedlings all over the place – this is some compensation for the damage they do!
So all our hard work is enhanced by our friends from the sky, and the forest biodiversity grows by itself!
I've been a full time painter of light for 40 years - self taught and independent, a former President of the NZ Academy of Fine Arts.
I'm into sustainability, planting trees and spiritual ecology. This includes growing award winning Lavender oil and olive oil.
I'm a student of the Diamond Approach; a psycho-spiritual path to realizing and developing our fullest potential
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This is beautiful…the garden and the gorgeous bird, he/she looks a lot like our wild parrots here in south Florida.
The Kereru is indeed beautiful, its a large pigeon native to New Zealand. Its protected now but was a prized food by the Maori and its feathers are used in their ceremonial cloaks. I’d love to see your Florida parrots… I’ve loved birds since I was a kid.
The Kereru photo is awesome. It is hard to bend your mind around that it is spring there and it is fall here heading into winter. Is it a wide area you are planting. It seemed like not too long ago you were planting trees also. Be well.
Thanks, yes it goes on and on! We were planting right to the spring limit really.
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Great to see Ian and wonderful you’ve got some feathered helpers too. 🙂
Its hard to see the Kowhai decimated, but such a joy to find the Kahikatea, Tawa, Titoki and Puketia seedlings – not to mention the hundreds of Kowhai replacements!