These miniature toetoe (chionochloa flavicans) eventually got too big to interest the rabbits. They looked lovely in the winter sunshine this week. The most useful book on New Zealand native plants for your garden I’ve found is the aptly named 100 Best Native Plants for New Zealand Gardens. It’s recently been revised and updated into a much more attractive format than my version. I used it as a guide to put in my winter order of native plants from Taupo Native Plant nursery. Even with the book and a research visit to the wonderful Otari Native Botanic Garden, I’m still intrigued to see what arrives in my boxes of plants.
It’s half way through the year so definitely time for some spiced leek and potato soup.
It might also be time for a New half-year resolution. You could do worse than try a ‘Speechcraft‘ course to improve your public speaking skills. Run by Toastmasters, it starts on Friday 3 July for eight weekly sessions 7 – 8.30am (yes, that really is the morning) in Grey Street, Wellington. Ten places, $250 per person.