OUR SPLEN­DID NA­TIVE TREES

NZ Gardener - - Letters -

In your Au­gust is­sue, we read the ar­ti­cle on bring­ing the na­tive birds back into our gar­dens. We share a kōwhai tree with our neigh­bour in Stokes Val­ley and get vis­its from tūī, bell­birds and wood pi­geons.

A few years ago, a friend gave me a kākā beak plant for Christ­mas. We had one as a child in our fam­ily home in Lower Hutt and I hadn’t seen them for a few years. We planted it un­der our deck so that it would get all-day sun and ev­ery year, my hus­band Ron has to come up with a new way to hold the weight of it as it seems to love the spot. When walk­ing down the path, we have to be very care­ful as we of­ten sur­prise a tūī or two com­ing to­wards us un­der the canopy.

The grand­chil­dren love it and of­ten take a beak or two home for their mums. I have since no­ticed that the gar­dens at Percy’s Re­serve in Lower Hutt have green ones too. They are cer­tainly a beau­ti­ful plant and flower for months on end. Jan Butwell, WELLING­TON

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