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Rain pic

It rained today, for the first time in absolutely ages. And by dinner time, it was pouring, but not cold, so we took our beef stroganoff out on the deck and had dinner there, with the rain thundering down on the see-thru roof cover aboove us! It was quite surreal. It's autumn here now, I guess.

So afterwards, when the children had gone, I took a pic from where I was sitting. Our back garden looks quite tropical, and things grow there that are quite surprising, like the Norfolk palm on the left that Steve brought back from Great Barrier Island a million years ago, the fruit-salady thing in the middle that used to be in our conservatory, and even the cabbage tree that I love so much on the right, which of course bears no relation to cabbages! I love NZ plants. I'm trying to write about them at the moment and it's quite challenging to pick the right ones for the right locations.

So here is a view of our backyard - I don't think you can see the rain! It's evening though, nearly seven p.m. There is one really high cabbage tree head, but it was way above the rest of the photo! You can see its trunk on the right.

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microjotz
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:37 am (UTC)
How lovely to be able to grow palms outside.Here we have poor little things in pots,which may or may not grow taller, depending if they are treated right or not.Yours look so at home.I love these jungly type plants,but alas have no room in the house for them and outside is too cold and wet a lot of the time.
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:40 am (UTC)
I am surprised myself how well these plants grow here. Our garden is really sandy, all the way down! But that corner is very sheltered. I'm glad you like the look of the palms. Pity I can't send you one
vivh
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:38 am (UTC)
Thank you for a glimpse of your backyard...it is so very typically nz, familiar yet distant now, sometimes I long for NZ bush...
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:42 am (UTC)
- sometimes I long for NZ bush...
It's sure special, and I guess very different from the bush you walk through over there. What is the bush like there? Do you have bush? Forest? Woods? *g*
vivh
Mar. 13th, 2007 11:40 am (UTC)
They don't call it bush, woods I suppose, it's hard to describe (just like you're struggling to find the right plants for breathing space...)I will post some photos of it so you can have a look, but overall it is less dense, less intensely green, lighter some how, lots of oaks, sycamores, hawthorn, hazel, holly and ivy, abundant brambles (blackberries)
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 07:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
For the central North Island, I found there is predominantly rata, rewarewa, rimu, tawa and kowhai, along with riverside tree ferns, so I'm quite excited about trying to recreate some of that *g*

-oaks, sycamores, hawthorn, hazel, holly and ivy, abundant brambles
That just sounds so damned English LOL! Amazing!
hannahfmuk
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:46 am (UTC)
Oh, that just looks like such a lovely place to curl up with a book.
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC)
-Oh, that just looks like such a lovely place to curl up with a book.
It's perfect, we have a wide seat on the deck which is under cover, and lots of big Cape Cod chairs that you can sit back in, in the sun, and read away *g*

Or you can do what Steve does, read in the spa pool, which is on the lawn just beyond the nikau palm!
moth2fic
Mar. 13th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)
I love seeing your 'setting'!
To add to Viv's description of woods, we also have lots of pine forests which are dark, quiet and a bit boring because nothing much grows on the forest floor. When it gets to early summer I shall try to remember to photograph a beechwood with bluebells near here. That's to add to the forgetmenots, and the tulips (which are pushing up strongly). Poke me if I forget.
We can grow palms in England and southern Scotland - mostly on the south and west facing coasts where the gulf stream makes life warmer and the sea prevents too much frost.And there are a few hardy ones in parks and hotel gardens.
The weather is improving - our flowering currant and our Kerria (not sure of spelling) are beginning to bloom, the periwinkle and the rosemary are in flower and the box tree is covered in yellow blossom that smells of honey.
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC)
We have pine forests too, and like you say, boring, and no real forest floor, and I find they're full of magpies. A beechwood with bluebells sounds wonderful

And periwinkle! That sounds like something in a shell!
-box tree is covered in yellow blossom that smells of honey
I like the sound of that. We used to have honeysuckle in our backyard when I was growing up. I wonder where that came from...
vivh
Mar. 13th, 2007 08:04 pm (UTC)
We have a bluebell wood here too, in fact part of the same woodland that I have photographed in my recent post, but the bluebells aren't in bloom yet!

We have heaps of magpies here too, but of course New Zealand magpies are different to British magpies... that might be the topic of another post!
natesmountain
Mar. 13th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Really? Different magpies? How interesting! I will definitely have to look into that one! Both my parents were attacked by magpies when they were little.

Bluebells sound magical, real fairyland stuff!
moth2fic
Mar. 16th, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC)
Periwinkle is a creeping plant with variegated leaves and vivid blue flowers.
*smacks self around the head and tries to remember camera ...*
greenpizzazz6
Mar. 14th, 2007 02:27 am (UTC)
Wow, that looks really different from my backyard! I love it!
natesmountain
Mar. 16th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
So where is the pic of your backyard? Huh? Is there a tractor? Steve loves John Deere tractors *g*
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