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A Very Ordinary Spring

It hasn’t been the “Springiest” of Springs on Stewart Island. A few lovely days together with lots of grey days as well. September was the wettest our met station has recorded . And we are only around 170 odd mm short of the wettest year on record. So I guess we’ll get there. Not a record we really want to see !!.

Forest Flowers

Not withstanding the weather the forest flowers are coming to life. Some like the “Dancing Spider Orchids” look like being a far better showing than the last couple of years. Others not so good. So far I’ve seen very little Clematis, But lots of Coprosma across the species, which should be good when the Parakeet nest in February. Last year not so good at all.  Broadleaf is looking good, as is Pittosporum

Dancing Spider Orchid  Corybas acuminatus.
These are the first of our seasons orchids.
The flower shown is in what I call the “embryonic” stage.
It’s been visible for around 2 weeks, and will take perhaps 4 more weeks to get to fully developed

 

Dancing Spider Orchid  Corybas acuminatus.
These are the first of our seasons orchids.
The flower shown is about half developed … maybe 3 weeks on from the previous image “embryonic” stage.

 

Dancing Spider Orchid  Corybas acuminatus.
These are the first of our seasons orchids.
And this is what the bloom will look like when fully out.

 

Pittosporum tenuifolium (Kohuhu)
These appear to be flowering well, as I’ve found more than I’ve seen for some years

 

Clematis
Road tours this time of year are when we see the clematis. This spring not so much so far,
and unless they are going to be very late, a poor season

 

Male Coprosma Lucida (Shining Karamu) 
All of the Coprosma species seem to have a reasonable flower load, which should be good for Parakeet breeding in February.

 

Broadleaf
Generally an abundant flowerer. This year seems to be about normal.

 

Mistletoe
We have at least a dozen mistletoe parasiting on several different hosts in our garden>

 

The first of the spuds through. Broccoli as well

Vegetable Garden

Iris has been busy in her vegetable garden. Her vegie gardening can become a bit frantic if the weather is dodgy, which it has been!!. She swears by a “Lunar Gardening Guide” and this doesn’t make much allowance for weather issues. Which does of course lead me to refer to her as mu “Little Lunatic”.

But the spuds and broad beans are up, as are carrots, radish, mesclun, lettuce plants, spring onions, leeks in the glass house,

Spring for me is spraying Iron sulphite over the lawn. We have real issues with moss, being a temperate rain forest climate, and so a light spray spring and autumn seems to keep it under control. At the same time I also deal to the broad leaf weeds.

Solar Power Update

All of the electronics and panels and about half the Lithium Ion batteries have arrived for our solar power upgrade. But with school holidays on now many tradies are working on school projects. So hopefully our sparkies will arrive soon to get it up and running.   Watch this space