My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ Trees for the Swampy Area


I’m attempting to reforest a swampy area fed by underground seepage from a spring . A hardpan layer lies beneath a layer of clay loam. Digging the planting holes has had it’s difficulties – rock hard in the drier months and very boggy at other times. A pick-axe was useful at times. While I planted exotic trees because of their affinity with growing in wet situations, I also planted native trees such as Cabbage Trees and Tree Ferns. I also planted two small Kahikatea seedlings  – these are slow growing and are planted for posterity.  We happen to have many Totara trees. Some are about 20-30 metres and still growing at about 80 to 100 years old. Tree have an important significance in stories Maori people tell of Tane, the god of the forest.

Thinking about trees and people in this way, reminds me of two quotes I read in the United Nations Environment Programme: Billion Trees Campaign 

“The great French Marshall Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for 100 years. The Marshall replied, ‘In that case, there is no time to lose; plant it this afternoon!'” John F. Kennedy

“Trees are poems that Earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptiness.” Kahlil Gibran

This purpose of this post is really to experiment with using Rockyou slideshow to show captioned pictures of some trees I planted in this swampy area behind my garden.  

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Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

7 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Trees for the Swampy Area

  1. I wanted to check out your blog since you had commented over at mine. You have some great reading here! I loved reading about all the different trees that of course we don’t have here in mid-west America. I can also relate to your grandson being a toddler and all. Our toddler here likes to check out everything too! Just part of being a toddler…but for this older mommy it can be a little aggravating at times!

    Thanks too for the link on your blogroll…I’m honored!

  2. I find it fascinating to read about what others are doing in their parts of the world. Toddlers are certainly challenging and character forming. No problems about the blogroll link. Cheers, Jenny.

  3. I like you slide show very interseting too. Did you write the tune 🙂

  4. Unfortunately I don’t any ability to write a tune. I enjoy the talents of others. Glad you found the slideshow interesting. Cheers Jenny.

  5. Pingback: My Garden ~ planted trees today « Jenny Litchfield

  6. very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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