The Tui's have arrived

Published about 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

For the past 3 years Greg and I have been focused on developing a garden full of native New Zealand plants with the aim of attracting as many native birds as possible in particular the Tui.  For a few weeks we have been wondering why the Tui's aren't coming to the garden as the flax bushes have started to flower.  Tui's get a lot of food from flax flowers.  Well this week they have arrived and in ever increasing numbers which is very exciting to see.  They are such beautiful birds, with a very distinctive call and each day they seem to get more used to us and are now happy to stay in the garden while we are outside and flit about from flax to flax and also into the kowhai trees.

We also have quite a few little black rabbits.  While they look very cute they do rather a lot of damage to the garden so they are not so welcome.  Black bunnies are very rare in the wild so all we can assume is that someone has released a wild black bunny that has mated with a brown one.  They are awfully cute but Greg is worried they will eat all his new vegetables that he has just planted.   This week has been busy with lots of guests coming and going.

The Bay of Plenty Art and Garden Fest starts next week and runs for 7 days.  It is a bi-annual event and is very popular with locals.  It takes a good 2 or 3 days to get around all  the gardens.  They are mainly private gardens that just open to the public occassionly for this festival.  Not only are many of the gardens fantastic but they have lovely houses and some great art works on display and for sale.  Some of the properties offer cafe facilities  so it is a great day out with plenty of refreshments en route.

The green, green hills of home!

Published over 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Greg and I have just arrived home from nearly 6 weeks in South America.  We went on a landscape gardening tour of Chile, Argentina and Brazil preceeded by about 10 days in Peru.  We had a good time, saw some spectacular private and public gardens by some world famous landscape architects such as...
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Tauranga Art and Garden Festival

Published over 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge and Activities

Every 2 years Tauranga holds a wonderful Art and Garden Festival which covers over 100 gardens from Te Puke in the south, to Mt Maunganui, Tauranga and Katikati and all towns and suberbs in between.  It runs this year from November 17 until Sun 23 November. We only allowed ourselves a day last time...
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Spring is sprung

Published over 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

Well it is only August and I have just put my first bowl of daffadills on the dresser.  It has been a very short winter here in Katikati and already there are little calves skipping around the fields that surround our lodge.  Greg has been busy this week planting yet more fruit trees.  We both...
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Piwakawaka in the garden

Published over 4 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The Maori name for fantail is piwakawaka and at the moment our garden at Kaimai Country Lodge is full of them.  We saw some when we first moved up here 2 years ago but then they disappeared for many months.  We are so pleased that recently they have come back to our garden in large numbers.  While...
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Blooming Roses

Published about 5 years ago by Greg in Lodge

Here are some pictures of the roses and hibiscus flowering in the garden today. It is a super sunny day today and the garden is looking it's best.
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The festive season

Published about 5 years ago by Margie in Lodge

The festive season is upon us and it is all go at Kaimai Country Lodge.  We are expecting a full house over the Christmas and New Year period. We have a couple coming from Hong Kong for 5 nights and several people from the UK.   Our guests are keen to dine with us on Christmas Day so we are busy...
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