This is Paul Gadsby with one of his five large oil paintings from our current, combined artist exhibition, featuring New Zealand birds. Paul's painting features a rock wren and he titled it 'High Noon' in order to draw our attention to their plight. With warming temperatures, these tiny birds are under increasing threat due to predators moving higher up the slopes due to warming temperatures. Apparently this little bird is our only true alpine bird. The exhibition features a wealth of work in original paintings, prints an sculptures and if you love our birds like our artists do, then this exhibition is a must see.
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
As part of the national response to COVID-19 alert level 4 Metlink will make all rail and bus services free until June.
Public transport will continue to be available for essential service workers, and to enable communities to access supermarkets, pharmacies and health facilities.
For more information about this and what services are running, please read the full update on our website below.
HELP ME PLEASE….I’M LOST!!!
I I recently moved house from further up Riverside Drive in Waterloo to live in, Naenae and now I’ve lost my bearings and I’m lost!! I'm a Black and White, neutered male and microchipped. I normally wear a blue collar with two bells, but it's a safety collar so if I hook it on something it'll automatically release and fall off. I have a perfectly shaped little white bow-tie moustache, white whiskers and an inverted white triangle over my nose, the rest of my face is black. Black back and white tummy with puss-in-boots, white markings on both back legs and my front paws look like they were dipped in cream. I have a black tail curled like a koru.
I’m a very shy boy and will possibly run away when approached by someone I don’t know…..unless I’m being offered a bowl of cat biscuits!!
If noticed please phone my mum on 020 4104 3557 – Thank you SO MUCH!!