What interesting plants did you discover during your lockdown walks?
Life and Shade
Now and then someone says ‘‘from Cape Reinga to Bluff’’ or ‘‘from Kaitaia to Bluff’’, as if New Zealand ends at Bluff in the South. The 400 or so New Zealanders on Stewart Island/Rakiura would not...
For a while there it looked like a conspiracy. So many maps of the world did not show New Zealand, writes columnist Mark Clark.
It’s the Tyrannosaurus rex of trees. Who hasn’t felt a primal twinge of terror as they’ve looked up at a large monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana) with its ferocious dark green "teeth"? We feel...
The Holy Grail of a perfect tree for southern gardens is one that doesn't need pruning and doesn't grow too tall, with beautiful flowers, edible fruit, interesting leaves, and colourful bark, 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.
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.
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".
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.
Sun-loving exotics from much warmer climes are putting down roots here in the South, observes Mark Clark.
It might be named after two other plants, but the willow peppermint has charms all of its own, writes Mark Clark.