OUR SPLENDID NATIVE TREES
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