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Steve Newall
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Way to go Trond . Wish mine would last 9 years . I guess if I took them off every now and then it might help

Balclutha , New Zealand

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Jandals wrote:

Way to go Trond . Wish mine would last 9 years . I guess if I took them off every now and then it might help

Surely you have to take them off in the shower :rolleyes:

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Booker wrote:

Hi Dave,
Wonderful post as normal ... can't get enough of your incredible flora and Stuart seems to grow them so beautifully.  Does he succeed with Ranunculus as well?

Thanks Cliff
Stuart has so many pots that we didn't scratch the surface in terms of viewing them all however i wouldn't be surprized if he grows a few buttercups --failing any pics from me i suggest you might need to come out here sometime and view them in the wild ;)  

Jandals wrote:

Actually I put my glass away for the picture because the sandflies were drinking too much of the contents and then flying away to crash into each other or damage themselves on nearby trees . They can't handle a good malt

That is why it is such a good sandfly repellent . Either you are too drunk to notice them or they are too drunk and they fall off

The SPCA have been contacted and are investigating !!!! ;D ;D

Hoy wrote:

Surely you have to take them off in the shower :rolleyes:

Hoy --I'll check with Mandy as i have a suspicion he wears them to bed.......  :o :o

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

cohan
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Interesting collection and set-up- saving knees and backs is a good idea-- I wonder are they more storm (wind) proof than they appear, or is he lucky to be in an area without many strong winds? The plants look wonderful. No bias in loving NZ plants, the native flora is quite wonderful, many I'd love to grow if I thought they had a hope of being hardy here!

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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A few images from last weekends trip to Mt Cook on the main divide.

Traveling up with fellow forumist Steve our first stop was near Trotters Gorge to view Celmisia hookeri,a spectacular lowland sps that grows on lime stone bluffs seemingly liking cool positions.

Gingerly working our way through dense gorse and pines we managed to find a number of plants .

Flowering plants of the common tree daisy Olearia arborescens were thereabouts as well and in pockets of native bush the blooms of Clematis paniculata were seen ,wondering at height through a number of shrubs.

Heading inland Steve showed me a spot where another Clematis sps was flowering --Clematis afoliata a leafless sps.

Then it was onto our accommodation at Ferintosh ,Lake Pukaki to meet up with the others .

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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Saturday it was overcast at Ferintosh but became wet as we made our way further into the mountains.

A couple of shots of Aciphylla aurea ,(and Gaultheria crassa),in the Hooker Valley before we retreated.

It was drier in the nearby Tasman Valley after lunch and almost immediately as we pulled up in the vehicle  Pimelea prostrata was sighted.The braided river bed is home also to 4 different Raoulia sps and Myosotis uniflora.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

Toole
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Traveling further up the Valley we decided to climb to the lookout over the Tasman Glacier Lake .

View looking downstream.

Steve with his videocam --our two American visitors --Kirk and Thomas.

Finally on the way home Steve and i stopped at a Reserve where Pimelea pulvinaris resides and as per normal ,(at least for me),our timing was just a little way off as all the flowers on the sunny side of the cushion were well past their best.

Raoulia apicinigra was more accommodating however. Edit--Now seperated out as R.beauverdii

Doug Logan another member of our group has posted some wonderful pics of other plants seen during the weekend .
Details are below.
http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?topic=9753.msg260022#new

Cheers Dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

cohan
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A fantastic set of plants, as usual! The Celmisia hookeri has awesome foliage! Olearia arborescens is interesting too- how tree-like does it get?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

Toole
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Thanks Cohan
The Olearia can reach 3 to 4 metres in height.Tough as old boots . ;D

Yip Celmisia hookeri would do well in my shady lowland garden i think ---might have to look out for some seed later on in my travels.

I understand the Raoulia i posted above as R.apicinigra has now been seperated out as R.beauverdii so i'll make an edit above .

Just about to wake the Americans who stayed here overnight--hopefully the weather will hold so we can head down to the coastal bogs before they head across into Fiordland this arvo..

Cheers dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

cohan
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The tall Olearias must be very cool!
I forgot to ask- what is painting the slopes yellow in the first photo of this set?

west central alberta, canada; just under 1000m; record temps:min -45C/-49F;max 34C/93F; http://picasaweb.google.ca/cactuscactus  http://urbanehillbillycanada.blogspot.com/

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