|Down by the river|
|Construction of the mud brick pizza oven (clay off the farm)|
|Grass sliding action!|
|We built a pergola over the top, and fenced the pizza oven area off from the|
paddock so we could plant around it.
|June 2013, the planting is starting to fill out.|
|The trunks of the Kanuka trees behind add a sculptural feel.|
|Jumping from the top (only the mad), swimming and kayaking.....|
THE MAIN PLANTING - THE REVEGETATION PROJECT
Back at the road, we split the paddock in two, and fenced off the central gully. I have spent the last few winters (since 2009) planting planting planting the gully, which includes the driveway, and a series of pools creating a wetland area that leads down to the river, and lots of meandering paths. This has been my personal revegetation project, doing my bit to filter the water before it hits the river. It is finally starting to take shape, with plenty of trees now over head height, and safe from the occasional deer or farm animal that wanders in. My thrill is watching birds playing in the trees I have planted. Cheap thrill, I know!! But genuinely delighted that trees I have nurtured from seed, or been given by my father and other family, that they have grown - this makes me feel so fulfilled. I have bought hardly any plants at all, it is almost all from seedlings and patient splitting of flaxes etc.
|ABOVE: The first plantings in 2009 - there are actually little trees beside each wooden stake!|
BELOW: Same area in 2013. This is a harsh dry bank, so I am thrilled the trees have survived..
|ABOVE: First planting 2009. The wetland filters water from surrounding farmland before it enters the river|
BELOW: View of the wetlands in 2013. Planting starting to take shape at last.
|ABOVE: New planting, seen from the top of the drive 2009. Note the freshly split bronze flaxes on the right?|
BELOW: From the top of the driveway entry, 2013. Those same flaxes have filled out nicely.
|Early planting at the driveway entry - I planted in the snow this day!|
|Pathways meander between the plants|
|Young Rimu tree beside the boardwalk|
|Steps and an old totara slab seat above the pond|
|Finally some trees are large enough to afford shade and frost protection |
to tender species underneath
|Young Nikau Palm in full protection mode - frost, shade, shelter, and |
wire netting hare protection!!
|A few prized non-natives are allowed in. Here a young Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem' |
picks up the russets and olives of the native species around it.
|Non-native Magnolia grandflora. I adore this next to the needle-like russet |
leaves of the Totara (Podocarpus totara, not shown in photo).
|Phormium cookianum Surfer Bronze flax edges the drive.|
|Michelia yunnanensis - another non-native, with |
Anamanthele lessoniana behind.
|Contrasting leaf forms and textures|
|Another view over the wetlands of what was once open paddock. You can just see the |
horizontal line of the pizza oven in the central distance, above the black cattle.
|Love this! The Hebe stricta is finally self-seeding.|
|Fossil rocks from down in the stream bed|
|June 2013 - a new path and planting in progress.......|
This whole project will never be finished, just added to.
|Pseudopanex arboreous - Five finger. Love this tree|
|Silver Fern - brought to the waterfall as a seedling from up |
in the pine forest
|Looking back up to the road. The green plastic is ugly, but protects the young plants |
from marauding wildlife!!They will come off next year. Ugly but practical.
|Libertia, freshly split and planted|
|Gorgeous old Totara tree stump|
|Dwarf Kowhai - Sophora 'Dragon's Gold'|
|Hebe stricta (I think). Love the light green leaves of this plant, and the |
pretty flowers are a bonus.