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More Trees:Dunedin Trees A, B-E, F-M, N-Z.

Other Trees:
Canterbury Trees, Seasons 2007-08, Seasons 2008-09

The plantings at Arba Cielo 1996-2007:
Deciduous A-F, Deciduous G-P, Deciduous Q-Z, Evergreen, Conifers, Seasons 2004-06,
Seasons 2006-07,
Seasons 2007-08

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2006 - 2007 Seasons

26 Dec 2006. A colony of honey bees in Azara microphylla. They moved on a couple of weeks later.
26 Dec 2006. Lupins by the big pond.

26 Dec 2006. Cordyline australis in flower.
26 Dec 2006. Foxglove.
17 Jan 2007. Hebe salicifolia at peak flower.
29 Jan 2007 . Callistemon citrinus
Right: Myrtus luma flowering, Feb 6.
14 FEBRUARY 2007

After an appalling Spring delivering late frosts, late snow, lots of strong wind and generally cold conditions the weather relaxed through January and into February. Several Platanus orientalis, P. racemosa, and 2 P. occidentalis have suffered serious, near fatal die-back either due to late frosts or a soil disease. Most other trees are now looking good with healthy secondary growth. Fraxinus americana is looking particularly good this year. Aristotelia serrata has flowered for the first time. A lot of Acacias are bearing a large seed crop. Canadian pondweed has reappeared in the big pond, reaching the surface a few weeks ago.
Left: Cotinus "Grace", 17 Feb 2007.

Right: Cotinus coggygria, Feb 17.

Left: Eucryphia glutinosa, Feb 17.

Right: The first ever flowers on Feijoa, Feb 24

Below: an ornamental grass, Feb 19

Above left: Juglans nigra have been slow to establish. Growth this year is loooking particularly healthy. Feb 24.

Left. Impressive new shoots on the black bamboo, Phyllostachys nigra. Feb 17.

Above: Healthy growth on Liriodendron tulipifera, Feb 24.

Left: Quercus macrocarpa making its best growth ever after several years on this site. It tends to die back to base every year. Feb 20.

Left. Grapes ("Schyler") ripening in the greenhouse. March 14. I'd like to replace it with a seedless grape.

Below: the first strong growth on a golden elm since planting it some years ago. March 3.

Left: Acer rubrum making strong growth, Feb 17.
Fruiting for the first time:-

Nothofagus fusca , March 24, at left, and a Nashi pear at right (March 21).
Left: A great show, as always, on garden fuchsias. March 20.

Below: Ripe "Dayton" apples. March 25.

Above: The fragrant lily gets better every year. March 20

Below: the rose "Compassion", March 24.

The First Colours of Autumn

Betula papyrifera, March 24, above, and Acer rubrum at right & far right on March 28. .

Right. March 27. Some Acer saccharum suffer mildew on late summer growth. Strange, considering the species originated in a humid climate.

Left . March 24. Betula lutea at lower left colouring. Pinus radiata racing for the sky in the background.

Below. March 24. A lily near one of the eastern ponds.

28 MARCH 2007

Periods of warm relatively stable weather through February and March have been hugely beneficial to plants and people. Autumn colours now progressing through many Acer rubrum, Betula papyrifera, B. lutea, B. populifolia, a few Acer saccharum, Prunus conradinae, a few Fraxinus pennsylcanica. Rust is affecting some Betula papyrifera & Populus balsamifera. Mildew is affecting the recent growth on some Acer saccharum. Mites are seriously disfiguring Picea glauca ... sadly, it will have to be replaced.

April 11. The best yellow and one of the best red seedlings of Acer rubrum. My seed source was the FW Schumacher seed Co. in the USA in the mid 1990's.
Acer rubrum
Above. April 12. This outstanding seedling lights up a dull day.

Above right: 2 more views of the same tree on April 16.

Below: April 12. Wind damage to the largest red maple on the property. These trees are brittle and need good shelter - still many years away.

April 11. Another FW Schumacher seedling tree near the studio car park.
April 7. One of the red maples planted alongside a grove of Salix "Kinuyinagi".
Left: April 16. Acer rubrum "Scanlon" beside Betula papyrifera. This maple has been slow to establish but grew well this year - probably due to the removal of long grass from under the tree in Spring.

Right: April 11. Betula papyrifera glows amidst conifers. I like the combination of this species with both conifers and red maples for colour effects. The same birch is viewed below from another angle on April 16.

April 16. Betula papyrifera amongst various conifers above the cabin. Acer saccharum & Fraxinus americana also in this area with Hebe salicifolia for early shelter.
April 15. A second year of nut production on Gevuina avellana.
Left: April 16. Picea glauca, a pathetic shadow of its former splendour thanks to mite infestation. I'll have to replace it next winter - probably with Abies amabilis. The failure of many spruce trees in this damp maritime climate is a huge disappointment to me.

Above: April 16. Prunus "Conradinae"

Right. April 16. Hydrangea paniculata near the studio.

Above, left to right: : Acer rubrum "Scanlon" (April 19), Fothergilla major (April 29), and the big pond on April 29 (Acer rubrum "Autumn Blaze" in red while an Acer rubrum seedling and Alnus "Aurea" offer yellow colour).

Left and right, April 29: Sorbus sargentiana, best of the Sorbus here. Aspens provide yellow right and below - either Populus tremula or P.grandidentata (from Garston roadside).
Left , April 29: Quercus rubra, one of the seedlings of Queenstown's magnificent Mann St oaks.

Right, April 29: View from near summit, Fagus sylvatica colouring in foreground.

Right, May 7. View from the front gate. Acer rubrum "Autumn Glory" provide another week of superb colour. Willows, aspens, and larches colour in background.

Left, May 6. Fagus orientalis puts on a brief but good show.

Right, May 8. An aspen grove reaches peak colour. Sold to me as Populus tremuloides, leaves look more like Populus grandidentata (from "Top Trees" nursery).

Left, May 8. Tilia sp in the "Linden Walk" area of the main access track. Some of these trees are Tilia americana, but this is most likely a European hybrid - best colour & growth of the group so far.

Right, May 8. Populus tremuloides beside the big pond. Sourced from the Lye Bow Nursery near Alexandra. Of all the aspens I've purchased this is the only one with foliage matching that portrayed in American books (ie finely toothed leaf margins). The last leaves on the tree are providing the best colour

Right, May 12. Ducks enjoying the safety of this bird sanctuary. Above them is one of the few willows to provide reasonably good foliage colour here, a golden stemmed variety from the shores of Lake Wakatipu.
24 MAY 2007

Strong wind events over the last couple of weeks have resulted in more tree damage: 2 Pinus pinaster flattened (I'll be surprised if any members of this species survive to adulthood here), 1 Cupressus lusitanicus (snapped at a point where it was being strangled by a tree tie I neglected to remove - the tie had become hidden by long grass), 1 Pyrus calleryana "Bradford", 1 Acacia pravissima and 1 A. rubida. Many Populus "Veronese" are suffering their worst attack of rust ever.

Left: Acer rubrum near the studio on May 20 (one of Appleton's "Selected").

Right: Acer rubrum (an FW Schumacher seedling) near cabin on May 7 with Larix kaempferi behind.

Left and right: 2 Quercus rubra sheltered by the Salix "Kinuyinagi" grove, May 20.
Above & below: 2 views of Prunus nipponica, May 15.
Left: A sheltered specimen of Quercus ellipsoidalis on May 20.

Right: May 22. Another Pinus pinaster flattened by wind.

Right: A sheltered specimen of Acer palmatum reaches its colour peak on May 24.

Below, Left to right: A willow (sourced from the shores of Lake Wakatipu) on May 23, Liriodendron chinense on May 24, and Acer circinatum x palmatum near the nursery on May 24

Clockwise from Left: Disappearing snow on June 10. (Two days of snow showers left 8cm on the ground), Amelanchier lamarkii above the big pond on June 1 (Amelanchiers normally colour much better than they did this year), Liquidamber "Palo Alto" on June 1, and Mespilus germanica on June 1 (patchy colour on this tree).

21 JULY 2007

A particularly wet June (209.7mm) also produced the heaviest snowfall (12cm) since 2004. Amelanchier lamarkii produced its poorest colour display ever. Many small Pinus radiata (less than 1m) have required staking. A couple more Pinus pinaster have been flattened.

July so far has been relatively dry with periods of up to 10 consecutive days producing minimum temps below 0°C. The ponds have been almost completely ice covered for up to 6 consecutive days. July 8 produced the lowest min temp since 1996 (- 6.0°C).

Left: July 8. Pond ice stranded in sedges & weeds by the falling water level.

Right: June 24. The waterway in flood mode and discoloured by run-off from the neighbour's muddy cattle infested paddocks.