A Touch of colour

March 18, 2008

Category: General

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Seedlings of Cyclamen hederifolium. I like the combination of colours

2 responses to “A Touch of colour”

  1. David Adams says:

    Hello everyone,
    I decided to create a small photo diary. Some of the pics I sent yesterday were too bi so I hope I have it corrected.
    Whilst you enjoy the beginnings of spring we have a few autumn wonders here. Not daffodils but I’m pretty pleased with what I see.
    Five pics to follow. The first is a little yellow to keep us in touch with the daffodil. Sternbergia lutea. It was better before the leaves grew through the flowers.
    David Adams

  2. David Adams says:
    Don’t panic James I claimed a garden between the first green and beside the second tee for planting daffodils and a few other genera that we grow here. The cyclamen is well under a tree and its a free drop for any golf balls that get in the garden.
    Actually you bring up an interesting scenario. I was chatting to a botanist recently who explained that a number of rare ground cover indiginous plants were growing in the rough on our golf course. Originally the Canterbury plains were covered in tussock (Carex sps), matagauri, a spiny shrub and other dryland plants. We have a dry climate, about 20″ rain per year. However Canterbury has wonderful underground water, five levels of aquifer under our place therefore the plains are ripe for irrigation and many acres of previously useless land is now irrigated and used for dairy farming. Hence a problem for the dryland plants which are being irrigated into extinction. It may well be that the conservationists will soon step in to protect those plants on the golf course that are endangered. I’m not convinced that many golfers could give a toss about whether a plant species survived or not. Maybe if they were told that a free drop in the rough could well be an advantage they may be convinced!!!!