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 →

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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 →

‘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 →

Highway natives – twiggy tree daisies

Travelling south today through the Cromwell Gorge, near Champagne Creek (map link) Liz said that's an Olearia lineata back there! So we screeched to stop and walked back - there were quite a cluster of these now rare twiggy tree daisies (Asteraceae). They have the divaricating forked branching habit common to many NZ plant families, bluish-green leaves,... Continue Reading →

Herbicides, use, abuse and mis-use

Herbicides help one person do the work of many. But they should be treated like strong medicinal drugs, to deal with a deep-seated problem once and for all. With patience we can do this naturally, with less damage to Earth and a more robust result - but another post for that. Sometimes managers are impatient.... Continue Reading →

Moa sighted near Otuparaoa

Travelling a back road today between the Otuparaoa and Blue Mountains I came across a moa. Normally flighty and hard to capture, this one was wired and I was able to get her photo before she thundered off toward the Umbrella Mountains.

Crusty Corner has re-opened at last after major renovation. Nigel was there 7.30am for a hot chocolate en route to his nearby landscape project. Lovely spring morning, view toward Dunedin Botanic Garden. Taken by Nigel 28 Sept 2018

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