COBBLERS GARDEN: Half a hectare with native and exotic plants, 500 Apiti Rd, Feilding. Open by appointment, 06 328 5805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CROFTON WILLOWS: 1.2 hectares of gardens and lakes, 197 Makirikiri Rd, off SH1, Marton. Contact Doreen and Derek Higginson, 06 327 5542 or email@example.com. GREENHAUGH GARDENS & NURSERY: A ‘‘New Zealand Garden of Significance’’. 1874 colonial homestead, semi-formal gardens, SH3 between PN and Ashhurst . Contact Lynne 357 3878 or greenhaugh.co.nz. THE HERB FARM: Fourteen themed gardens open 7 days, 10am to 4.30pm. Cafe, shop and beauty retreat, Grove Rd, Ashhurst. Contact 326 8633 or herbfarm.co.nz. KINSALE GARDENS: Open by appointment for groups, walks and weddings between Feilding and PN. Contact Jenny or Alan 06 329 2841. MAGEO WOODCRAFT: Cottage garden, craft shop and pyrographic art display. Contact 06 328 4820 or email mageowoodcraft@ gmail.com.
Pollination can be a problem when it does not occur naturally.For many plants, honey bees are the main pollinators, but bumble bees, native bees, flies, moths, butterflies and other insects all assist in the pollination process.
Some native plants have white flowers to attract moths at night, as the only other pollinators in pre-European New Zealand were native bees and birds.
Moving air is also responsible for moving the pollen in some plants to complete the fertilisation process.
In sweet corn, the pollen is formed on the male flowering heads at the top of the plant with the female corn tassels below. In a light breeze the pollen dust falls to the tassels below or to the corn plant next door and why corn is planted close together in clumps.
Each one of those fine tassels that form on the ears of corn are connected individually to a embryo corn seed and each tassel needs to receive pollen to fill the cob completely. Cobs with misses did not receive pollen from the tassel.
The blossoms may have faded, but the gardens still need tending at Arohanui Hospice.