Hackfalls Arboretum – Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Wednesday, 2012 March 7

New label on the Escallonia bifida

This year we started to relabel many trees and shrubs. We did about 150 altogether. The first group we did when Wilma was still around. We did 69 then.
And the last bit I’m finishing by now.

An example. In the Oak paddock is a nice little Escallonia bifida, the White Escallonia or Chilean gumbox from South-America. Cat. 1997 049.

labelling at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

On the right is the brandnew label. On this label are:
- the botanical name,
-the English name,
- the region of origin and
- the catalogue number (first four digits of the catalogue number being the year of acquisition).

On the back are two old labels. They tend to become unreadable.
On the left is one of the temporary labels that we have been putting on all the trees that we listed for relabelling. Of course we remove all old and temporary labels if we put on the new one.

The lists with new labels requested were send to Margaret Sargent of Cross Hills Gardens and Nursery in Kimbolton near Palmerston North. (They do have a wonderful collection of Rhododendrons, and the garden – which of course holds lots of Rhodos as well – is really stunning. Wilma and I have been there ….. But their “lifetime labels” are the best I’ve ever seen; and – I still am a Dutchie – they’re cheap!)

The first list we did send in November. And the second list of 84 I send in some two weeks ago.
We did get the labels back within a week. Next we could put the new labels on the trees.
It’s quite a lot of work, but we learned to know the collection better, and more importantly: labelling is in our opinion one of the cornerstones of maintaining the collection.

But enough about these “technical” things. Let’s look at the Escallonia!
From a distance it does not look very attractive (at least, not on my picture). Can you discover the new label (click on the image to enlarge)?

Escallonia bifida at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Take a closer look!

Escallonia bifida at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Escallonia bifida at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Escallonia bifida at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

The (English) name used by Uncle Bob in the catalogue (‘Chilean gumbox’) is not the most common one, I believe. Many internet sources use the name ‘White Escallonia’. I also found ‘Cloven gumbox’.

Monday, 2012 March 5

Arbutus x andrachnoides

Filed under: Arbutus x andrachnoides,Oak Paddock — Dick Bos @ 8:37 pm

Another flowering tree in the oak paddock today. The Arbutus x andrachnoides. The strawberry tree (family Ericaceae). I didn’t find any strawberries, but there are interesting flowers in it. This tree has catalogue number 1995 022. That means it’s only 17 years old! The catalogue says it’s a cross of A. andrachne and A. unedo. It comes from a nursery in Taranaki.

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

There’s another one in the arboretum, closer to the homestead. I’ll see if I can find it.

On the internet I find that this is a natural hybrid of Arbutus unedo, the (common) strawberry tree, and Arbutus andrachne, the Greek strawberry tree, that is found in Greece and Cyprus.

I understand that the most interesting thing of this hybrid is the bark. And it has quite an amazing bark!

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

But I made pictures because it was flowering. The flowers hang down in racemes.

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Arbutus x andrachnoides at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Saturday, 2012 March 3

Vitex agnus-castus

Filed under: Oak Paddock,Vitex agnus-castus — Dick Bos @ 6:00 pm

Ever heard of Vitex agnus-castus, the chaste tree? It’s from southern Europe. Yeah. Wikipedia gives the answers, again (although there is nothing like a botanical description of the species in the lemma, and the section “garden description” is still empty): already Pliny the Elder named it!

Vitex agnus-castus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

There is one in the oak paddock of our arboretum! It’s growing quite wild in all directions. Does it need any pruning? It’s one of the few trees that are flowering now. The flowers remind us a little bit of Buddleja.

Vitex agnus-castus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

The shrub has very old associations with chastity. In ancient Greece and Rome women used the flowers for adornment, and as a symbol of chastity. In the Middle Ages monks chewed the berries to make it easier to maintain their celibacy. Well. The berries are not ripe yet, and I do not live in the Middle Ages…….

Vitex agnus-castus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

We’ll just enjoy the shrub for it’s beauty.

Vitex agnus-castus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Vitex agnus-castus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Friday, 2012 March 2

David Whyte of Abbotsford

Filed under: Hackfalls,Hackfalls Arboretum — Dick Bos @ 8:56 pm
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Today John and I made a walk to the grave of David Whyte and some of his family members, in the paddock just past the woolshed. We found the one gravestone.

Grave of David Whyte at Hackfalls Station and Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

The text on the stone reads (as far as I can decipher):
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF OUR DEAR SISTER
BESSIE
WHO DIED DECEMBER 1896
AGED 32 YEARS
ALSO OF
MAY
WHO DIED OCTOBER 1898(?)
AGED 22 YEARS
ALSO OF OUR DEAR FATHER
DAVID WHYTE
WHO FELL ASLEEP SEPTEMBER 6th 1910
AGED 72 YEARS
PEACE PERFECT PEACE
WITH LOVED ONES FAR AWAY
IN JESUS KEEPING
WE ARE SAFE AND THEY.
TOGETHER TO THEIR FATHERS HOUSE
WITH JOYFUL HEARTS THEY GO
AND DWELL FOREVER WITH THE LORD
BEYOND THE REACH OF WOE.

The grave definitely needs some maintenance!

Grave of David Whyte at Hackfalls Station and Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

David Whyte was the original owner of Hackfalls, which he then called Abbotsford. He build a two storey house, according to Colleen Bull (2000) – ”From Papa to Pumice and Back Again” (the history of the Mossmann family of Awapiko and The Laurels at Waerengaokuri). I suppose this was the building that has become known as the original homestead (of Abbotsford / Hackfalls).

David Whyte was also one of the persons who promoted the railway link between (Napier,) Wairoa and Gisborne via the inland route:

Napier - Gisborne Railway; from Bellamy 1969

David Whyte had been trained as an engineer and he had been in charge of railway works in India, before he came to Tiniroto and became a farmer. He made a proposal in 1896 to create an inland route between Wairoa and Gisborne via Frasertown, Tiniroto, following the Hangaroa River to Hangaroa township and then to Ngatapa and Gisborne. He estimated the line would cost about £655,000, to be borrowed at 3 % from London.
The line was built from from Gisborne to Ngatapa (1914), and from Wairoa to Frasertown (1919), and then abandoned (about 1924). From 1935 onward the so called Wharerata route along the coast was build. This section was finally finished in 1942.
Imagine what it would have been like if this plan had become true. To have a Railway Station somewhere near Tiniroto, perhaps even on the grounds of what now is Hackfalls Station, and take the train to Ngatapa – that’s where Eastwoodhill Arboretum is nowadays! A direct railway connection between Hackfalls and Eastwoodhill!

John and I also tried to figure out where exactly the original homestead has been standing. It must have been somewhere in the far corner of the paddock, on a flat place.

Place of the first homestead of Abbotsford Station, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

There are quite a few very old trees over here. Mainly Pinus radiata and some gum trees Eucalyptus. And there is also a walnut tree Juglans regia.

walnut tree near place of the old homestead of Abbotsford Station, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

We found a fig tree as well. I can’t find these trees in the cat.

In this corner we also found some growth of Periwinkle (“maagdenpalm” in Dutch – Vinca). Typical traces of an old settlement.
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map of the Napier – Gisborne Railway taken from:
Bellamy, A. C. (1969) – The Napier Gisborne Railway : The story of its construction and development. Napier (?): NZ Railway and Locomotive Society Inc., Hawke´s Bay branch.

Thursday, 2012 March 1

Damage to Quercus hybrid

Filed under: Cornus walterii,Oak Paddock,Quercus,Quercus laurifolia x incana — Dick Bos @ 9:08 pm

Today we did a lot of work on cleaning the damage that occurred last week to a Quercus laurifolia x incana 1970 027 in the Oak Paddock (close to the patch of bamboo in the gully).
In a little storm of last weekend it got terribly damaged.

Quercus laurifolia x incana at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

I think we’d best take it down more or less completely, and try to let it regrow from a 4 meter stem or so.

Next to it is a very nice Cornus walterii. The leaves are red brown.

Cornus walterii at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Cornus walterii at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

There is another specimen of C. walterii in the Ridge paddock, which does not have these red brown leaves!

Tuesday, 2012 February 28

New volunteers

Filed under: Hackfalls Arboretum — Dick Bos @ 7:43 pm
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This week we had some new volunteers at Hackfalls Arboretum. John Buxton (family relation of Diane) and his friend Paul had been joining us yesterday already. And today a new volunteer from England arrived, called James. He has been working in Rosemoor for a couple of months. Perhaps that’s how he heard about Hackfalls Arboretum. He’s been staying a few times in Aotearoa before, mainly in the Nelson Region. This is his first time on the North Island. He plans to stay on Hackfalls Arboretum for a month.

Today we did a lot of work on spreading the chips, so mulching the trees, on the southern bank of the Ridge (like yesterday).
On the picture John and James are unloading a trailer of chips around the …. tree.

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Sunday, 2012 February 26

A Misty Sunday Morning

Filed under: Hackfalls,Hackfalls Arboretum — Dick Bos @ 10:26 am
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It was misty when the sun rose this morning and I got out of bed.

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

So I decided to try to make some pictures of that very strange morning light. I walked down the driveway.

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

But when I came to Lake Kaikiore, I saw the mist disappearing within minutes…..

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

And the sun came shining through the poplars.

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Only minutes later nearly all the mist had gone. The beginning of a sunny day?

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Monday, 2012 February 13

Rhaphithamnus spinosus

Filed under: Rhaphithamnus spinosus,The Ridge — Dick Bos @ 2:07 pm

Let’s have a look at the Rhaphithamnus spinosus 1997 059 today…..

Rhaphithamnus spinosus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

The shrub was rather badly damaged (by the snow?). I took out most of the dead branches. The shape is still a little bit strange. It is a prickly shrub. And I’ll try to grow some cuttings of it.
We missed the flowers , but now it has these nice blue berries.

Rhaphithamnus spinosus at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

And yes, we’re in H7 already! We’re slowly moving on! We have been cleaning large parts of the eastern side of the Ridge paddock now, nearly down to Lake Karangate on some places, and at least down to the southern (red) track.
We did much of the hill with Pinus devoniana and P. montezumae, the Mexican pines. Even cleared a bit of the little track that goes along the hill…… Kees has been mowing for hours again. And I tried to collect dead branches, and removed many dead and low branches of the trees. It’s all looking quite nice and tidy again, this area.

Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

and Widdringtonia nodifloria

Filed under: The Ridge,Widdringtonia nodifloria — Dick Bos @ 1:00 pm

Halfway on the next hill, let’s call that the Eucalypt hill – with the little bank on top of it – I found a small and rather damaged Widdringtonia nodifloria 1990 159 (not in the cat!)

Widdringtonia nodifloria at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

It looks like it is taken out of the protection. Another victim of the unprofessional protection removal of last year….. It is a very small plant, and it urgently needs a new protection (and a place in the cat!).

Widdringtonia nodifloria at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Widdringtonia nodifloria at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Widdringtonia nodifloria at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Widdringtonia nodifloria at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Saturday, 2012 February 11

Vintage Cars at Hackfalls Arboretum

Filed under: Tiniroto,Visitors — Dick Bos @ 3:21 pm
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This afternoon a group of Vintage Car drivers – from Gisborne, as far as I could understand – came to Hackfalls Arboretum.

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ

When they arrived it was raining a bit, but the weather got much nicer when we walked through the arboretum. Although some of the younger folks didn’t like walking, there was a nice group that took the opportunity to have a look at the trees.

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ

When leaving, the old Ford had to be started manually….

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ
And away went the last one, again.

Vintage Car Club visiting Hackfalls Arboretum, TIniroto, Gisborne NZ

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