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Friendly kereru regularly visit the orchard

Friendly kereru regularly visit the orchard

Details   Seen sitting here in one of the older plum trees, one of the local wood pidgin helps thin blossoms before flying heavily to the next tree.
Date   September 18, 2014
Tags     kereru  plum  blossoms  orchard  native birds 
Kakabeak seeds

Kakabeak seeds

Common name   Clianthus
Botanical name   Clianthus
Details   Seeds collected from assorted red and pink flowering shrubs in the blockhill gardens. Seed can contain some white fluff, the dried pulp from the seed casing, this is NOT mould or fungus.
Drought tolerance  
Frost sensitive  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Propagate     November   January   December   October  
Tags     evergreen  flowers  N fixer  native  red  tender 
Price   $4.40  20 seeds
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Purple Akeake Seeds

Purple Akeake Seeds

Botanical name   Dodonea viscosa
Details   A reasonably fast growing NZ native bushy shrub or small tree with purple leaves. Good for creating shelter and controlling erosion. The timber from akeake is one of the hardest native woods. It was traditionally used for paddles, weapons, digging sticks and spade blades.
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Perennial  
Tags     evergreen  flowers  native  purple  tree 
Price   $3.90  20 seeds
Colour   Purple
Flowers   Pink
Wind tolerance   Excellent
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Kowhai seeds

Kowhai seeds

Botanical name   Sophora tetraptera
Details   Large yellow flowers from September to November loved by bellbird and tui. Seed requires scarification before sowing. Mechanical scarification works best for this species. Reasonable results can also be achieved with hot water treatment.
Drought tolerance  
Evergreen  
Nitrogen fixer  
Perennial  
Tags     evergreen  flowers  N fixer  native  yellow 
Price   $3.90  20 seeds
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Baby Fantail

Baby Fantail

Known for its friendly 'cheet cheet' call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland.

It is easily recognised by its long tail which opens to a fan.

February 24, 2010
  Fantail  Native  Bird