No, well I didn’t either, at least, not until I went for a walk in the Botanic Gardens this evening and came across this rather startling object:
(We take our tree protection v-e-r-y seriously here in Christchurch … I mean, this cage is padlocked, even!)
Closer investigation revealed a series of stories explaining why the strange looking tree is in a cage … (click on the pictures to enlarge and make reading easier)
Kinda cute looking, ain’t it? And neat that they can actually reproduce it without having to import seed and run the risk of introducing unwanted disease, etc: very clever people, these scientists.
Also came across this beautiful white flower on a big tree which I think is a magnolia – it was a huge blossom with beautiful waxy white petals, quite stunning.
Things are looking rather dry in the Gardens, although there were a number of sprinklers operating – I hesitate to say it after the wonderful summer we’ve had, but … we sure could do with some rain! 🙂