Near New Plymouth there is a very
large garden, 360 hectares of it, on the side
of snowy Mount Taranaki. Called Pukeiti it was
established in 1951.
Planted in amongst the rain forest
is a very important plant collection,
notably rhododendrons. There is a
nip in the slightly alpine air at Pukeiti that they
The weekend before last I took this colour
photo of a rata that survived
the early milling that ravaged this area
I'm not sure whether I want to keep it,
but ten years ago I took the photo below, of another
Rata also at Pukeiti. I did print it
up into an edition.