Have just been for a walk around the neighbourhood and noticed in particular this tree (not sure of its name). I must keep an eye on it to see what develops from the buds.
Another tree that looks pretty at this time of year I thought was called Rhus but when I look up Rhus it appears to be something different and very poisonous. Still this is pretty. There are a lot of them about.
When I got home I thought the Banksia rose looked very pretty. This was huge when we bought the property two years ago but I have cut it right back and still want to cut a bit more but am waiting for it to finish flowering. The large trunk is to the right of the post.
We have a second more fragile looking Magnolia out at present as well.
Earlier I went out with some friends to the Town Basin (as in yacht basin) and on the way stopped at a new plant nursery and bought three kowhai trees and a red flowered titree or manuka. Apparently every fifth customer qualified for 8 vegie plants so I also got some Italian parsley, leeks and a selection of lettuce plants thrown in.
Meanwhile the Rena is still spilling oil and containers into the sea in the Bay of Plenty. It could just have easily been adjacent to our harbour.