Autumn Colour in Auckland

I’ve heard it said that Auckland isn’t a great climate for amazing displays of autumn colour. While it’s true that we don’t match the spectacular show of Fall colours in Vermont for instance, if you look more closely there are a surprising number of choices. In fact it’s not that we don’t have any autumn colour, it’s simply that our temperate climate encourages the growing of a diverse range of plants and so the oranges, reds and yellows are diluted by lots of green. The Liquidambar, Liquidambar styraciflua, tops my... Read the Rest →


Sub-Antarctic Islands Trip

On December 15th I boarded the Heritage Expeditions boat, ‘Spirit of Enderby’ for a week-long trip to Campbell, Auckland and Snares Islands. I didn’t really know what to expect apart from wind, cold and that I’d probably be seasick. I was right on all three but what I didn’t anticipate was how amazing the islands were, which completely made up for any discomfort. Due to unpleasant weather, we did our trip in reverse to the normal status quo and our first contact with land was Campbell Island, the southern-most of... Read the Rest →


Reading Garden Books

My usual trick for finding interesting books, is to rummage through the shelves in charity shops at second-hand traders and book fairs. It’s possible to find some real treasures that way. I have to confess it can take me a while to get round to looking at them, let alone reading them, but eventually I get there. I’ve just finished an inspiring read called, ‘On the Wild Side; Experiments In New Naturalism’ by Keith Wiley. It’s the story of his time gardening at a property called The Garden House in... Read the Rest →