Hackfalls Arboretum – Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

Saturday, 2012 February 11

Clethra barbinervis in the rain

Filed under: Clethra barbinervis — Dick Bos @ 12:50 pm

In the Oak Paddock I saw a Clethra barbinervis this morning. I think it flowered a short time ago. Perhaps I have missed it. But the inflorescences still look lovely. And the rain gave some extra beauty to it…..

Clethra barbinervis, at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ

It is a shrub of about 4 metres high, and it really had a lot of flowers….

Clethra barbinervis, at Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto, Gisborne NZ


Thursday, 2012 February 9

Call for assistance

Filed under: Help me find a name,Oak Paddock — Dick Bos @ 4:21 pm

In the Oak Paddock we have a large number of different trees and shrubs. Most of them are properly labelled by now, but there are some that don’t have a label. Every now and then we manage to find the right name for an unlabeled tree or shrub, but here is one that I don’t recognize.
The shrub is about one metre high, and I think it may be somewhere between 10 and 20 years old. It has beautiful blue and white flowers.
It grows on the side of the hill below the garage.
If you know the name, please let me know.

unknown shrub, Oak Paddock, Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto Gisborne NZ

don’t mind the blue rope around the stem. It’s just to point out that it has no label!

unknown shrub, Oak Paddock, Hackfalls Arboretum, Tiniroto Gisborne NZ

Sunday, 2012 February 5

Weekly report 2012 week 5

Filed under: Hackfalls Arboretum,Weekly report — Dick Bos @ 9:44 pm

Monday 2012-01-30
In the morning Bob Berry came to the arboretum to take cuttings of a couple of oaks. He’s in contact with someone in Nelson who tries to propagate the oaks from cuttings.
Kees and I went into the arboretum with “Uncle Bob”, to help him.

Bob Berry taking cuttings at Hackfalls Arboretum

We did a good lot of some twenty trees, and even found 5 oaks without labels!

Lady Anne and Bob Berry at Hackfalls Station and Arboretum

Tuesday 31 January
Started working on the south side of the Ridge: scrubcutting by Daemo, mowing by Kees, pruning by Gerben and Dick

working at Hackfalls Arboretum

Wednesday 1 February
To Gisborne
Daemo continued to work on the Ridge.

Thursday 2 Feb
Rainy day – Kees performing at Tiniroto School
see our DickBos-blog and our blog in Dutch for pictures.

Friday 3 February
Mowing and weed removal in Azalea Area
Continued working on the south side of the Ridge:
Pruning (Gerben and Dick) and mowing (Kees) and scrubcutting and removing protections (Daemo)

Saturday 4 February
Finished mowing, raking and weed removal in the Azalea Area

Sunday 5 February
St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Wairoa
back via Ohuka – Erepeti Road and Papuni at the end of the Ruakituri Valley.
(see our Dutch blog for images)

Sunday, 2012 January 29

Weekly report 2012 week 4

Filed under: Hackfalls Arboretum,Weekly report — Dick Bos @ 8:57 pm

Thursday 26 January I arrived back in Tiniroto, after my holiday with Wilma to the South Island. I brought her back to Auckland Airport where she took the plane to Holland. But before that we picked up Gerben Visser and Kees Aalbers from Holland at Auckland. We had some nice days in Auckland, and came driving down with the three of us via Rotorua and Whirinaki Forest.

Friday 27 January we started to do some work. Gerben went mowing on the Ridge. Kees and I helped Daemo with bringing chips to the rhodo’s in the Oak Paddock. But in the afternoon it started raining heavily, and we had to stop working.

Saturday 28 January the weather turned nice again.

Hackfalls Station and Arboretum

We brought the last chips to the rhodo’s in the Oak Paddock. After that we took away all the broken branches of some wind damaged trees in the Oak Paddock. That were three more trailer loads of firewood.
Later on the day Kees and I started with filling the brand new compost bin behind Diane’s garden. Daemo has built that bin with three compartments when Wilma and I were on holiday. It’s a large and very strong construction.

Sunday I continued building up the compost bin for another hour or so. I picked up a first (little) trailer load of rushes that we have been mowing a month ago.

An Azalea in the Oak Paddock is now flowering. It grows where the entrance track crosses the ditch, and leads to the birches. It does not have a label.

Autumn flowering Azalea at Hackfalls Arboretum (Oak Paddock)

Autumn flowering Azalea at Hackfalls Arboretum (Oak Paddock)

Abies concolor is having beautiful cones now.

Abies concolor at Hackfalls Arboretum

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Images: Kees Aalbers

Friday, 2011 December 23

Week 14

Filed under: Weekly report — wilma @ 10:22 pm

Monday 2011-12-19

After a weekend full of rain, it looked dry and we went out early to the ridge to do some more pruning. After an hour we were back, too much rain. At 11 oclock we tried it again but that didn’t last a quarter of an hour. So no work this day. Only in the evening we did a short run for labeling.

Tuesday 2011-12-20

It is almost the same as yesterday, but at 10 o’clock Damo came. He went on with the compostbin, although there was still a very little bit of rain. But that rain got less, and we went on working in the ridgepaddock. Coming Thursday we’ll have the chipper around and we want a lot of heaps for that machine. And there is a lot to prune on several trees.

Wednesday 2011-12-21

A very noisy machine!

The whole day we worked on collecting branches and making big heaps for the chipper. We did a lot of pruning, not only with the long pole saw, but with the chainsaw as well. Damo climbed a Totara to cut some very heavy branches out.

Thursday 2011-12-22

Today is the day of the chipper. We picked it up (wednesdayevening) at Kiteroa where the man of the Hirepool lives. So at 7 o’clock in the morning we were ready to go. Damo came with the big mule and drove that chipper around. We had some problems getting is going, but at nine o’clock we knew how it has to go and it went on fine. It was really a day of hard work for all of us (Diane came to help as well and James to catch some chips), and at the end we almost did all the heaps we had in mind. We brought back the chipper to Kiteroa and at 8.15 pm we were back home….time for dinner. That was easy, we had fresh fish from Damo. Blue nose.

Friday 2011-12-23

Damo did the feeding of the machine

Our last day in Hackfalls arboretum this year. We had the load of labels from Cross Hills and we attached them on the trees. Dick told Damo some jobs that can be done while we are out.
We have been very busy last weeks, we’ve had no time for more updates of this blog. Hoop to find some time after our holiday, I made enough interesting pictures to publish.
Holiday no!

Week 13

Filed under: Weekly report — wilma @ 10:05 pm

Monday 2011-12-12

We went on pruning and mowing in the ridgepaddock. Damo took the big scrubcutter and mowed the track on the ridge. Thats a big difference now.

Tuesday 2011-12-13

We went on with the same as Monday. In the afternoon Damo took away the elders from the other side of lake Kaikiore. Dick and I went on with the labeling work. Now we have sent a list of 69 items to CrossHills. And we started a new list as well. We have to control all the labels in the cat and make a good list for the labelmakers. Hopefully with no mistakes.

Those little elders have to be removed to have a better look on the other trees.

Wednesday 2011-12-14

Damo didn’t come, so we went straight on with the labeling again. We put a waratah on the point in the paddock where 4 squares of the map do come together. With a yellow flag on it. Made a list of 28 new labels again, but we still have to check them.

Thursday 2011-12-15

We planned to go out, but there was too much rain. We stayed at home and worked a bit at the administration of the labels.

Friday 2011-12-16

We went to Gisborne and Tarndale. Demo started working on the compostbin.

Wednesday, 2011 December 21


Filed under: Puya berteroniana — wilma @ 10:00 pm

In the homestead garden is a very strange plant flowering. It looks almost a bit plastic, but it is real. It is family of Bromelia. This one here is Puya berteroniana.
The whole Puya family is native to Central and South America. There are more than 200 species in the Puya family.

Flower of Puya berteroniana

Puya berteroniana

Sunday, 2011 December 18

Which pinus is this?

Filed under: Help me find a name — wilma @ 7:49 pm

Driving around in the arboretum, you’ll each time see something different. On the ridge, almost on the track this pine tree grows. On a bit steep part of the paddock, so we never did much on that tree.
Giving it a detailed look, there we saw a lot of old cones on the tree and a few new ones. All the cones do have a strongly outcurved prickle. On the new cone you can see the prickle very clear. It must be a protection for not be eaten.
The needles are in bundles of two and about 8 till 10 cm long. The bark is a bit reddish, like from Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris). The tree is not growing straight on, all branches are bending and curling and makes the pine look a bit of a mash.
The cones will stay for many years on the tree and than fall down, but leaving the lowest part on the branche.
A lot of this description makes me think of a Ponderosa pine, but not the lenght of the needles, the color and the way the tree grows.

Can anybody help us finding a name for this beautiful tree?

Light green new cone with prickles

Needles in bundles of two


Old cones

The way it grows in Hackfalls

Cone with the clear sharp prickles

Wednesday, 2011 December 14

Week 12

Filed under: Weekly report — wilma @ 10:47 pm

Monday 2011-12-05

Damo ringed to tell he had an ankle injury and perhaps would not come this week. Perhaps only drive the mule? So we went out together and started pruning on the ridgepaddock. We started where we stopped, near the Tuliptree. There is a heap of branches growing.

Tuesday 2011-12-06

Again pruning on the ridgepaddock and some labelchecking in the oakpaddock. We are waiting for the sign to order the new labels. Hope that will be soon, so that we can place the right labels on the right trees. In the afternoon I replaced several protections in the ridgepaddock. These trees are waiting for a load of chips.

Wednesday 2011-12-07

Dick took away the dead trees in the oak- and the ridgepaddock. Did some other work with the chainsaw on the ridge. Near the Leptospermum and the Metrosideros on the ridge we pruned a lot of branches. So those trees have a little more light and space and it is easy for mustering.

Bob Berry watching the Castanopsis delavayi, full in flower.

Thursday 2011-12-08

Dick had a lot of things to do in town and went out early. I took the mule and went on the ridge. Did pruning on Leptospermum squarrosum and on a Photinia close to the Zanthoxylum. There was an awful lot of dead wood in it. In the afternoon I repared some protections and pruned some trees on the northside of the ridge. One of them, a Castanopsis was flowering and did have its special smell, not the perfume I like. At the gate of the ridgepaddock the three Walnuts were smelling much better and are looking much better now.

Friday 2011-12-09

Again pruning on the ridge. Now Dick did a lot with the chainsaw. He made a little track along the Embothryum. And he did a lot of mowing.

Saturday 2011-12-10

Bob and Anne are around, Bob wanted to see some of his oaks and other trees down at lake Karangata. So we went there with him. We did have a lot of questions about names of trees, so we had to stop several times. We learned many names and can put labels on several trees now.
Damo was around and did a lot of mulching on the ridge. In the afternoon Dick helped him.

Bob, Diane and Dick watching a tree, probably an oak

Sunday 2011-12-11

Sunday was a Sunday, We didn’t do anything, we had a day off. In the afternoon we visited Damo. He lives on the Noble Camble road. From his verandah we had a beautiful view on native forest. In between we could see a little piece of the Tiniroto Road.

Saturday, 2011 December 10

Pinus oocarpa

Filed under: Pinus oocarpa,Uncategorized — wilma @ 2:02 pm

Two years ago we made some pictures of the Pinus oocarpa that was here in the arboretum. It was almost 20 years old, but not very thriving. Although the needles look fresh and healthy, the tree is not growing very keen.

The fresh light green needles

The bark is imposing, looks very thick. The needles are in bundles of 5, fresh green and about 15 to 20 cm long.
This year we found the tree broken, what a pity. It is a rare tree in NZ and not easy to get a new one, I think.

A slice of the stem

Its native to Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and other parts of Central America. They use it there for forrestry, so you’d think it can grow faster then our little one did. The conditions here were not the right ones.

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