Season of fruitfulness after prolific flowering

Rosa palustris. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Rosa palustris. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Have you noticed things blooming well this year or large quantities of seed on your plants or while out in the bush?

You're not alone. Many people have commented on what an amazing year it has been.

Flowers and seed are often the attributes we grow plants for, and this year many have outshone all expectations. This has been especially evident this autumn with so many native and exotic plants covered in large quantities of fruit, making a display to behold.

The knock-on effect from this is plentiful food for fauna, feeding populations of native and exotic animals. You may have noticed large quantities of dark-stained kereru poo in the garden, under trees or even on your car. Unfortunately, there will also be a sharp increase in pests gorging themselves on the fruit, causing a population explosion, especially in mice and rats.

From our experience, we have not seen an event like this for 20 years, where a series of parameters have all aligned, likely influenced by climatic factors, to produce an epic display. Of course, we do not know when this will happen again, but it is likely next season things will be quieter while plants rest and recover.

Take a stroll through Dunedin Botanic Garden and enjoy the last of the late-autumn fruits.

Garden Life is produced by Dunedin Botanic Garden. For further information contact Dylan Norfield.


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