My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden ~ trees are planted


The trees bought at the garden centre sale on Saturday are now planted.

Pohutukawa Pohutukawa – planted group of three trees as a living connection gift. Crimson flowers at christmas-time. Bees enjoy the nectar. Fast growth rate.

 Pukatea Pukatea – planted two trees in the swamp. Evergreen foliage. Slow growth rate.

Puriri Puriri – planted two trees for posterity. Evergreen, pink flowers most of the year. Berries are a food source for the birds.  Medium growth rate.

Kahikatea Kahikatea – planted a row four trees for posterity. Evergreen and berries are a food source for the birds.  Slow growth rate.

On another note, I’m really enjoying the sight of the other trees – especially those gracing our driveway in their colourful autumn foliage.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. 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 do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

5 thoughts on “My Garden ~ trees are planted

  1. I hope fall brings with it a spectacular show of color! It is a gift from the divine isn’t it, that when after they you thought the trees and flowers had done just about everything they could to inspire awe and wonder, they go one more step beyond and just blow your mind with the incredible colors!


    A thanks for planting the trees! Have you officially signed up for the Billion Tree campaign?

    You can set up a profile and add the trees you planted and it will add to the total (now around 9 million).

  2. Nice to read your comments, in21. I’ve just been outside walking around my trees. Yes – I signed up for the campaign and have added the trees I planted. I’ve decided to plant even more. I do love the gifts and appreciate the utility of native trees. They are an essential layer (as in a forest) – a protective cloak that stabilises and returns mulch to the soil. Cheers, Jenny.

  3. Jenny, thanks for the pictures. None of these varieties are familiar to me. I was expecially taken by the puriri. Does it really flower most of the year? Our poor trees here for the most part have to be content with a rush of passion in the spring.


  4. I love your pictures!

  5. thanks for the comment. I hope what you have created blooms.

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