Random collection of Flora and Fauna

North Island Travel Blog

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Koru. This is the symble of new life and will grow into a full sized Ponga fern. Air NZ has this stylized on the tail of it's planes.
I've enjoyed living in several towns around the North Island of New Zealand, or even visiting friends and family around the place.

New Zealand foliage is not well known for it's brightly coloured flowers.  In fact it's better known for it's various shades of drab greens, browns, greys...

But New Zealanders love the outdoors and of course that means their garden.  The standard home in the 70s was 3 bedrooms and a garage on a quarter acre section. 

Ahh, the good old Kiwi Quarter Acre, room for the kids to play a game of backyard cricket or touch rugby with all their friends from the neighbourhood, room for a good sized vege patch and room for a coule of flower beds and a decent climbing tree.

The quarter acre is a dying trend these days.
November at my place in Te Puke delights as my favourite flower visits
  As new Zealand's population passed 4 million a couple of years back perhaps we think we're running out of land!!   More likely it's to do with the quest for cash. 
  Who am I to talk?  In 2002 I sub-divided my Hamilton City Quarter Acre and built a couple of townhouses.

They are all for that in the big cities - Urban in-filling.  It's all the rage!

But my Mother's generation still enjoy the simpler life where you had to walk to you next-door neighbour's house to be heard rather than make the effort NOT to overhear their family banter.
  My mother has always been a keen gardener and can put her green thumb to anything with a successful outcome.
  Me?  I can grow some pretty impressive weeds!!!
goezi says:
Thanks Richard.
Not too many of these are natives but most were taken as I wandered about my gardens wherever I've lived in NZ.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
gimpel says:
these are very nice pictures,some of them we don't have in europe.
Posted on: Jan 30, 2009
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Koru.  This is the symble of new l…
Koru. This is the symble of new …
November at my place in Te Puke de…
November at my place in Te Puke d…
Morning dew
Morning dew
Bumble bee
Bumble bee
Praying Mantis hatchlings
Praying Mantis hatchlings
Baaaa!
Baaaa!
Daisy indoors
Daisy indoors
Since this is obviously a wasted e…
Since this is obviously a wasted …
Grass hopper
Grass hopper
I love blue sky backgrounds!
I love blue sky backgrounds!
Clematis seedhead
Clematis seedhead
Suckling pork
Suckling pork
German Wasps are prolific in NZ fo…
German Wasps are prolific in NZ f…
Moss
Moss
Red Kowhai
Red Kowhai
Cocka doodle doo!!!
Cocka doodle doo!!!
Beetle
Beetle
Pansy
Pansy
Reason to not mow lawns.
Reason to not mow lawns.
Every kid should have a succulent …
Every kid should have a succulent…
Yuccas
Yuccas
Moss seeds
Moss seeds
Rhododendron
Rhododendron
Lacewings enjoy my apples
Lacewings enjoy my apples
Tiger Lilly
Tiger Lilly
Dandilion
Dandilion
Damn weeds!
Damn weeds!
Humble Bumble
Humble Bumble
Native canopy
Native canopy
Alsatian
Alsatian
Windblown Copper Birch
Windblown Copper Birch
Red Kowhai seeds
Red Kowhai seeds
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photo by: kiwiasli