Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Gardening ~ New Zealand natives on show

I've been writing a series of articles about garden design, and want to pause here to share with you the delights of some of our native plants.

Look at this glorious kowhai:

It's one of my favourite trees. Every part of it is beautiful, and the birds love it.

Kowhai tree trunk

For a long time New Zealanders have been somewhat blasé about having native plants and trees in their gardens as on the whole they are less showy than many popular exotics but attitudes are changing.

Websites listed here provide a range of images and information:
And one more look at the kowhai tree, this time at its foot:
Look at this tiny nest:

It is composed almost entirely of horse hair and thistledown.  Fancy raising your family in that!  My guess is that it belonged to waxeyes like the little one on the left:

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