Friday, December 2, 2016

Approaching 20 000


It seems a lot in a short time and I'll bet the Happen Films people are pleased with how well their short film; "An invitation for wildness" has spread across the interweb so quickly. Or is this normal for these times? I know a clip of Tim Shadbolt riding a scooter raced around the online world, amassing an extraordinary number of views in a very short time, so perhaps our approaching 20 000 in a week is nothing out of the ordinary. In any case, I'm pleased that so many people are taking a peek at how our garden looks and what we have to say about living in a forest garden.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Be wildered


"Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. Cleverness is mere opinion, bewilderment is intuition"
                                              - Jalaluddin Rumi


Sunday, November 27, 2016

It's raining again


After a superbly fine early spring, the end of the season has become sodden. We've had rain for days now, with sunny spells in between, and the ground is far from dry. From the point of view of a plant guy, this is lovely, as everything green is lapping it up and pushing toward the sky, but visitors to the area will be wishing for a return to summery conditions we enjoyed earlier. Today's raindrops seem especially large and it'll be fun to stay indoors for the day. I'll take the opportunity though, to transplant seedlings from trays to pots, as the atmosphere suits that transfer perfectly.

The bells! The bells!


Fox gloves become folks' gloves when the derivation of the name is explored a little.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

An invitation for wildness



The short film made by Happen Films about our forest garden is online now and attracting very encouraging comments. We are happy with how it turned out and how quickly the film is being shared around the interweb. Here's the link to the Youtube version. Enjoy :-)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Doves, light and dark



Raining


Cardiocrinum giganteum


Stilbocarpa Lyalii


Keswick codlin

The elderflowers are ready



Champagne on its way!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

What's this?


Attached to a wall on the boulevard that runs along the shoreline between the township of Tauranga and the harbour was this curious object. There were no others like it anywhere else, and I wondered what it was that I'd found. Any ideas?


This is the flower of a canna lily of some wild sort. It was growing across the railway lines that ran nearby to the hotel I stayed in. I wish, now that I'm home, that I'd taken a tuber or rhizome of this plant to grow here. I expect it's a pest in some parts of the country, but I'd be careful not to let it spread :-)

Monday, November 21, 2016