GAR­DENS

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING -

COB­BLERS GAR­DEN: Half a hectare with na­tive and ex­otic plants, 500 Apiti Rd, Feild­ing. Open by ap­point­ment, 06 328 5805 or email the­cob­blers@in­spire.net.nz. CROFTON WIL­LOWS: 1.2 hectares of gar­dens and lakes, 197 Makirikiri Rd, off SH1, Mar­ton. Con­tact Doreen and Derek Hig­gin­son, 06 327 5542 or cruzin4448@gmail.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.

PHOTO: GRANT MATTHEW / FAIR­FAX NZ

The blos­soms may have faded, but the gar­dens still need tend­ing at Aro­hanui Hospice.

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