Taking a look at the many varieties of Witch Hazel

Witch hazel is a type of deciduous shrub that grows in both North America and parts of Asia. Typically, they grow between 10-24 feet tall, but some of the tree varieties grow to heights of 39 feet. While the most common varieties of witch hazel blossom with a lively yellow color, there are several others that have different colors. Keep reading and we'll take a closer look at Continue Reading

An inspiring rose journey

My fathers journey with his roses started in southern California 30 years ago and the climate then was absolute heaven. My father had always had a special place in his heart for roses, and one of the first things he did on our new property was to plant rose bushes all along the half-moon shaped drive and around the front lawn. Continue Reading

Japanese woodland favourite


Kirengeshoma palmata is a late-flowering rhizomatous perennial up to 1.2m high with arching stems and is native to the woods and mountain lowlands of Korea and the Japanese islands of Shikoku and Kyushu. The unusual name? No, it doesn't come from an obscure Danish botanist called Kirengeshom. It's really just a Latinised version of the original Japanese name. Palmata, a common Continue Reading

Lazy Sunday morning bonsai


That lazy Sunday morning, just me and the trees chillin. Especially good is that lazy Sunday morning with the bright sunshine, dappled breeze, no rain when your feeling kinda of wrecked from the busy Saturday weeding the driveway or what ever other vigorous activity you enjoy doing. I kinda like it, as the Monday blues are taking a break, thoughts of that long commute are sunk Continue Reading

Fuchsia in New Zealand


Fuchsia (named after Leonhard Fuchs, a 16th century German botanist) is a genus of over 100 species of shrubs and small trees. Although there are four New Zealand native species (colensoi, excorticata, perscandens and procumbens) and one from Tahiti, the vast bulk of the genus occurs in Central and South America.  Think of fuchsias and chances are the fancy garden hybrids come Continue Reading

Blueberry from Down Under!

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Whether we know it or not, most of us are familiar with the genus Vaccinium as it has among its members several current or potential commercial crops, such as blueberry, cranberry, bilberry and huckleberry. Vaccinium delavayi, however, is strictly ornamental and very unlikely to be our next export success. Continue Reading