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

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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

Friday, 2011 September 30

Sorbus meliosmifolia

Filed under: Sorbus meliosmifolia,The Ridge — Dick Bos @ 5:30 pm

On the ridge, in square G7 a little shrub is flowering, without any leaves on it. It is a Sorbus meliosmifolia. Cat. nr. 1977 031 # 3649
I want to show some pictures of this lovely little tree.

Sorbus meliosmifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

From a distance it does not look that interesting. But come closer!

Sorbus meliosmifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

Sorbus meliosmifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

And what about those buds…..

Sorbus meliosmifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

Photinia serratifolia

Filed under: Photinia serratifolia,The Ridge — Dick Bos @ 5:15 pm

At the beginning of the ridge there are two Photinia serratifolia. They are labeled 1975 037. The nicest one is #1936. I made some pictures of it.

Photinia serratifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

Mount Whakapunake (sometimes spelled as Whakapunaki) can be seen in the distance. Below is Lake Karangata.

Photinia serratifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

This view is nice too! With the gumtrees of Kevin’s Bush in the background.

The Photinia is flowering very abundant.

Photinia serratifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

Photinia serratifolia at Hackfalls Arboretum

Friday, 2009 December 25

Metrosideros

Filed under: The Ridge — Dick Bos @ 7:50 pm
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I made some pictures of 2 Metrosideros species, flowering on the Ridge.

First the Metrosideros parkinsonii (1986 022).
It is known in English as the Parkinson’s Rata.

Metrosideros parkinsonii

Metrosideros parkinsonii

Unfortunately the flowers where a bit too high to make close up pictures (we need a large ladder for that!). But this are the leaves:

Metrosideros parkinsonii

Closely beside it grows a Pohutukawa Metrosideros excelsa (no label; I think it is 1979 028).
The New Zealand Christmas Tree!

Metrosideros excelsa

Metrosideros excelsa

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