Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But LEAVE me the birds and the bees
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til its gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot”
~ Joni Mitchell, Big Yellow Taxi.
This Ti Kouka (Cabbage Tree) is one of the very first trees we planted at Hou Ngahere. It is now a magnificent specimen and hard to believe it’s only 15 years old. Currently it is heralding the arrival of summer ablaze with flowers and the sound of the bees. The bees are gorging themselves in it and the neighbouring flax – the honey will be delicious!
I’m with Joni, I’d rather have spots on my apples!