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Lyndale Blog - May 2020

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Unprecedented Month

As I write this, we are approaching the end of our first week at level 3. This has seen us move from no sales permitted and a limited amount of staff carrying out essential maintenance of the nursery crops and growing environment through to having the bulk of the team available, working in a manner such that there is little to no risk of them being exposed to or transmitting COVID19.

We have split the team into two shifts, with each team working three ten hour days, with the Custom Mix guys as a separate isolated bubble.

So far so good with everyone very pleased to be back at work after our extended period of isolation and lockdown.

The weather has been playing its part and treating us to a glorious period of dry balmy autumn weather.

While this has been a godsend for the locked down populace of NZ, extending a holiday mood and no doubt helping people to be so compliant. There were lots of positives to emerge: i.e. no deaths caused by traffic accidents, lots of safe cycling and pretty well everyone who was capable of it taking walks or runs.

Family dogs have never had it so good with daily walks and surrounded by attentive families.

Gardens have also benefitted, but as noted in the last Blog, without the benefit of purchases from the local Garden Supplier, except for the products sold in supermarkets.

Hopefully the balmy weather will continue for a bit longer and people will continue the focus on their garden patch.


No more group hugs

Maybe under threat

Dry And Still Dry

However, the dry part of that earlier statement is becoming a potentially severe problem for much of the country as the water levels in reservoirs (be it in above ground or below storage).

The residents of Auckland have been asked to conserve water with water reserves down to 48% full.

Usually by this time of year we have had a hit from a major storm system which has originated in the tropics, and typically dumping literally tons of water on the landscape.

Not this year so far, compounded by the southern generated frontal systems not getting past the bottom south western corner of the South Island.

My spies tell me that the Hunua ranges (home of some of Auckland’s water reservoirs) has never looked so dry. They also said that it’s easy to spot the Beilschmiedia tawa in the forest canopy because they are all dying and stand out as the brown leaves. Is this extreme dryness, or another example of a phytophthora on steroids like Phytophthora agathidicida or "kauri Dieback" attacking a specific genus?

Beilschmiedia provides us with two handsome specimen trees. It is a genus of some 40 species of trees and shrubs, found throughout tropical Asia, Africa, Australia and tropical America. The two species found in NZ are endemic.

The timber derived from Tawa has always been valued, first by Maori for making long bird spears, which were made from shafts of timber 9 to 11m in length, later settlers valued the timber for furniture, flooring and joinery.


Damn empty

Unprecedented dry spells

Maybe under threat

A Favourite Rarity

Elingamita johnsonii is a single genus species found only in New Zealand, which looks at first glance like a Karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatus). Found originally on the west Island of the Three Kings group, it was named to commemorate the steamer SS Elingamite, which was wrecked beneath the cliffs of the west island in 1902. This is a handsome and special small tree, and we have some to offer.

Stay Safe!

The Lyndale Team


Elingamita johnsonii

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