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Hi. I haven’t posted here for well over a year. Lost my plant mojo for a while, particularly since Steve’s passing but I’ve been getting fired up again recently and thought I would post a few pics of my maturing garden now it’s summer here in Auckland.

My back garden is on 1:1 slope that heads down towards a stream at the bottom. Here it is 2 years ago when I started making a staircase down.

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October 2015 and the steps are in and a few tree ferns starting to go in. At this time the MIL referred to it as a scar on the landscape!

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Here it is now. Maturing nicely.



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Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:28 am
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It has a nice Gondwanan character.


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Trying to keep that native feel Phil. Probably goes without saying that the native plants establish quicker and can tolerate drought, including the tree ferns.

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Wow! Mark, what a paradise! Great job!
How big is your property? Is it in a suburb of Auckland?
Almost feel like jumping on a plane and bidding on a house in NZ!

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Good to see you Mark. Looking great!

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Mark that looks nice, so you are rewarded after hard labor, compliments :wink:

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Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:09 pm
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Thanks guys. I live in Auckland Ted, in a suburb on the east coast called Cockle Bay. My place is about 100 metres in a straight line from the beach but a good 40 metres elevated too and my section which is 840 sq/m drops down on the rear side.

Still got some more planting to do but it’s definitely starting to pay back some of the hard work.

Metrosideros excelsa out in flower now

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Welcome back Mark the planting around your steps looks stupendous its nice to hear your mojo is returning.

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I still have one of your ferns left from way back when the Dicksonia berteroana is still flourishing.


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great to see you posting again. You've been missed

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Ahh thanks guys. Kev I remember that weeny little Dicksonia back in early 2007 it was.

I think I might have a picture somewhere of the day you and Jackie came over.

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Hello Mark,
How long! But after more than a year ... just a few pictures of the garden and the tree ferns. We want more pictures please! :wink: :D
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Mark Longley wrote:
Ahh thanks guys. Kev I remember that weeny little Dicksonia back in early 2007 it was.

I think I might have a picture somewhere of the day you and Jackie came over.


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MAU wrote:
Hello Mark,
How long! But after more than a year ... just a few pictures of the garden and the tree ferns. We want more pictures please! :wink: :D
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Hi Mau

Yes been a while! Will definitely post some more pictures soon. We’re going on some good trails at Christmas and should fine some interesting ferns and tree ferns on the slopes of Mt Taranaki.

Meanwhile, here are some random TF shots from the garden

I grew this Cyathea Australis from spore and it’s slowly becoming a decent sized plant now. Totally drought tolerant in bone dry clay too

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Dicksonia squarrosa

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Cyathea medullaris grew 50cm of trunk last season and never really stopped growing all winter

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Spore grown Blechnum cycadifolium. Fairly drought tolerant and mine are producing fertile fronds now.

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Cyathea novae caledoniae was the supposed species that I propagated from spore. It looks like a cooperi but the fronds burn terribly easily in full sun which is very uncharacteristic of cooperi, so I’m tempted to say this is the real deal. The medullaris next to it will provide some shade in the next year or two.

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Hi Mark!
Thanks for the new photos!
Really interested in the Blechnum cycadifolium. I will be getting one in 2018.
How old is your specimen?
I understand that it prefers cool summers.
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Hi Mark, I think this is a C.dealbata, do you have it in full sun? if so then it does it very well, beautiful growth :roll:

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Always have my plant out of the sun or 40% but no afternoon sun, here it can become very hot in the summer to 37ºC then I see a lot of scorching!

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