Welcome to a new year.
I have been traveling a bit in the last months.
This month's blog is on interesting animals and plants from my trip to Malaysia.
This will be shortly followed by a blog on the Taranaki Orchid Society Summer Show.
Summer is a time to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Berry and stone fruit should be ripening, and the vegetable garden should be producing.
The weather has been kind to the garden so watering has been minimal this year.
However, the wet weather may not continue and it is important to keep up watering in the hot summer weather.
Selected new additions:
Globe Artichoke should be coming into flower now.
Harvest the flowers young to enjoy their tender hearts.
Spanish moss is not a moss but an air plant related to pineapples.
Its tiny flowers fill the evening air with an enchanting fragrance.
Sedirea japonica is an orchid that comes from Korea and Japan.
It is related to Phalaenopsis but grows in much cooler conditions.
This month's panorama photo is of the new Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River in New Plymouth.
It is part of the coastal walkway, that now reaches from the port to Bell Block.
The bridge is an unusual design supported by two steel tubes below the concrete deck and one arched above with a number of arching ribs.
The design of the ribs is that of a wave gradually breaking.
Te Rewa Rewa Bridge across the Waiwhakaiho River, New Plymouth, January 2012.