In a new column from Mark Clark, we take a closer look at some of the more notable trees and bushes that frame our daily lives.
Life and Shade
The words "palms’’ and "Otago’’ are not often seen in the same sentence. But there are more palms in our southern gardens than you might expect, writes Mark Clark.
Big tree. What marvellous Teutonic brevity and understatement. Most 2 year olds would know what it means, writes Mark Clark.
It might be named after two other plants, but the willow peppermint has charms all of its own, writes Mark Clark.
Sun-loving exotics from much warmer climes are putting down roots here in the South, observes Mark Clark.
Clips of Dunedin's snow-covered hills and icy roads are a time-honoured winter tradition on New Zealand television - as are regular jibes from northerners about the city's "fresh'' weather.
Sadly for Game of Thrones fans, we don't have many medieval castles, churches and cathedrals in NZ as a background for any gothic fantasies, but we do have dark, brooding structures with pointed "spires", "turrets" and "battlements".
Anyone who wants to make a movie about an alien planet doesn't have to design their own weird and wonderful plants - there are plenty of bizarre-looking plants right here on Earth, writes Mark Clark.
For Pacific islands in the tropics, it's the coconut palm.For Australia, it would have to be the gum tree. So what tree says "New Zealand" like no other, asks Mark Clark.