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Lyndale Blog - September 2020

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Zooming and Other COVID Pastimes

I am not sure I was aware of what a Zoom session was prior to COVID closing us down as a nation in March this year.

But I do now. There was a song sung by Aretha Franklin with the title "Who's Zooming Who?". The phrase apparently means a type of flirtation where one person is checking out another person, unaware that they are also being analysed.

That was then, and now everyone suddenly uses Zoom, the biggest growth engine of 2020 with its use soaring 67% in the pandemic that has made travel and face to face meetings a thing of the past.

I started talking about this topic as I spent nearly a whole day last week taking part in a PVR Technical Focus Group meeting. (I would have spent an even longer period of time if I had travelled to Christchurch to participate as I had intended).

There are changes afoot in the legislation which I have written about before and suddenly, where these meetings were sedate affairs filled with people from the ornamental sector, there is lots of interest from most sectors of horticulture and not much from the ornamental sector. In fact I think I was the only ornamental representative taking part. This is possibly a reflection of the decline in numbers of ornamental applications from a heady 68 applications in 2014/15 to 32 in 2019/20. Applications for fruit varieties have gone from 37 to 42 in the same period. The Fruit people also have a lot of issues to grapple with whereas the Ornamental people seem to have come to terms with the fact that the world has to alter drastically if we are to be allowed to bring in a small fraction of the plant material that would either be PVR protected or more importantly lead to New Zealand led breeding programmes that can offer new and exciting things to take to the world from humble NZ origins.

The Fruit people are just starting to realise that they are between a rock and a hard place and are making lots of noise attempting to split the rock or trying to soften the hard place. Plus there is the added interest of Maoridom as the requirements of WAI 262 are readied to be enacted in legislation that will see an additional level of scrutiny applied to an undisclosed number of NZ indigenous plants. We will watch with interest.



Zoom Reality

Use your elbow

COVID and Lyndale

One of the most obvious effects of COVID is that we have never been so empty of plants to trade. You could fire a gun in many growing areas and not hit a plant.

This is a result of 5 weeks lost production in March/April followed by high sales figures over winter with winter growth rates ensuring everything is on a go slow. With another two plus weeks of level 3 underway we have staff shortages as people with a sniffle rightly stay home. However, all is not lost as we can see the first hints of spring weather appearing and a definite increase in the rate of growth is starting to be a happening thing. Oh and we are still producing under level 3.

One of the first casualties of the latest COVID levels was the Hamilton Trade Day. We had decided not to exhibit due to our lack of saleable and available stock. However, we were going to attend for the principal reason that we have not had an industry excuse to get together and we missed out again by a day.


Good Advice

Spring is coming

Lyndale Hero Plants

I want to acknowledge the rather elegant and extremely useful Oi Oi. I use its Maori name as that has not changed unlike the botanical name which has gone from one mouthful genus to another. Leptocarpus similis was botanically reclassified as Apodasmia similis in 1998 when a new group of plants in the Restionaceae were described as a genus, however, despite this unfortunate handle it is an extremely attractive and useful plant. It will generally grow in moist or dry conditions. Found throughout NZ in coastal marshlands and estuary situations, Oi Oi has become a very useful landscape plant.

We have used it to good effect when nothing else has been successful in a tricky wet spot that dries to a brick like quality in summer. We love its fine bluish green rush foliage.

Kind regards
The Lyndale Team


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