Viburnum davidii – winter colour

Viburnum davidii¹ are one of my favourite exotic shrubs, I've always loved their deeply grooved, hard leaves and their blue winter fruits. They make a great low windbreak to about 1.5 metres and are simply an all-round pleasing and reliable shrub in most conditions down to about -10°C - zone 7\8. You need to ensure... Continue Reading →

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Albany Street Kiora Peace Garden

Last Friday I was waiting for a lift on Albany Street Dunedin and found I was outside the  community garden- built 2017. This was a waste-land lot for many years and yet right opposite University of Otago Library.  It seems to be mainly recycled and upcycled things timber and concrete, there is a basic gravel turf... Continue Reading →

Highway natives – II (grey shrubland)

Returning from a work trip in the Lindis on Saturday, one tiny corner below and much later trundling down Cromwell Gorge the winter forms of the so-called grey-shrubland brought me to a stop. It's good to pause and realise that the grey blur at 100kmh is actually quite a variety, so here we have four... Continue Reading →

Upper Clutha Agricultural Show 2019

The main agricultural event of the southern year finally rolled around and Growplan was there. This is a great show in the mountains with great weather -  well, either great or awful. This time great. I went hoping to meet farmers needing advice on riparian, shelter and screening and timberbelts, nutrient runoff, design of the... Continue Reading →

‘New Perspectives on Landscape’ II

This post is part two of an overview of five contemporary NZ landscape artists, who provided works for 'New Perspectives on Landscape' which has been touring the South Island, culminating in a show at eastern southland gallery Fiona Van Oyen Hannah Joynt  (link to Hannah's pastels webpage) Sue Pearce Miranda Joseph Robyn Bardas Each artist challenges... Continue Reading →

‘New Perspectives on Landscape’ I

This post is part one overviewing the work of five contemporary NZ landscape painters, who provided works for 'New Perspectives on Landscape' which has been touring the South Island, culminating in a final show at eastern southland gallery earlier this month: Fiona Van Oyen Hannah Joynt Sue Pearce Miranda Joseph Robyn Bardas The_Anthropomorphic_Garden - Fiona... Continue Reading →

Resilient landscapes

This (much longer than usual) post builds on an interview on Maureen Howard's Eco Living in Action on Otago Access Radio   Maureen's blog is here and our discussion is here Resilience and climate change I spent much of the early 90's cycle-touring and one day I saw a very ordinary garden in downtown Anchorage, Alaska... Continue Reading →

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