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This is one interesting but short article on understanding ecology and biodiversity without the slog
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Gastrodia at home
Mid February and I find a Gastrodia growing in my own garden which was a surprise. Unfortunately finished flowering and with an incomplete flower spike (inflorescence). Have to wait and see if it flowers next year (2018).
See my article on Gastrodias here
At the Canterbury Horticultural Society meetings this week (there are two meetings one on Monday night, 90 people there, and one on Tuesday morning, 70 people there, same programme different audience) this plant was on display along with the other climbing lily from South Africa Gloriosa rothschildiana.
A 500 year old grapevine that was cut back by vandalism has sent out some new shoots. When cut back it was not expected to live. This vine is a great grandparent of the popular variety Gruner Veltliner a white grape which is a particularly good food wine. It is being experimented with in NZ currently as a grape producer for wine production.
Check out a little more about this variety on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%BCner_Veltliner
Deadwood Blog is a new blog looking at the research into the role of deadwood in trees and forests.
Read about it here. Deadwood Blog
Some photos of NZ Native Orchids discovered on a day trip to the Lewis Pass on 12 January 2017.
The Corybas sp. had just finished flowering and was sending up its long stem to hold the seed capsule.
The little miniature forest of Adenochilius gracilis - Slender Forest Orchid- made a lovely discovery even though we were a week late.
Gastrodia Sp Short column
The Gastrodia species are all epiparasites possessing no chlorophyll but living off a fungus which is in itself living off a live plant. See Gastrodia for more information.
Microtis unifolia - Onion Orchid
Very common throughout NZ in a wide variety of locations and habitats even growing in lawns.
Aporostylis bifolia - Odd leafed Orchid
A lovely little miniature orchid with different sized basal leaves with red/brown markings.
Phrasophyllum colensoi - Leek Orchid
Named after William Colenso the early botanist in NZ it is widespread. Has scented upside down flowers. Coloured flower forms can also be found.
This is a new exhibit worth visiting in UK.
Further interesting article on Prisoners of War and gardening
I want to see these villages grow and develop
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Garden Villages in UK
Out walking today at The Groynes and found this orchid growing bisde the track.
Gastrodia sesamonoides which is an epiparasite living on a fungus attached to a tree or shrub.
Three species found in NZ, this is one and it is also found in Australia.
Just put up a new article on this fantastic tree for small gardens.
Here is a really interesting article
This makes an awful lot of sense. There is an old saying, albiet changed a little,
"teach someone to grow food and they can feed themselves forever."
A new article on here for you.
Updated article on Pohutukawa to include Photos taken yesterday in Auckland of an early flowering Pohutukawa.