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A Glympse Of Fairy Land ... Conifers Maple Glen - NZ by AndreaEL

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Conifers (trees that reproduce by means of cones) are a diverse group, including the giants of the forest – kauri and kahikatea – as well as the shrub-like pygmy pine.
Bob and Muriel bought this property (then a 200 acre dairy farm) in 1966. Initially there was very little garden and the first priority was reducing the size of the mortgages they were lumbered with. However Muriel had a keen interest in plants and the temptation of ‘movable fences’ was frequently too great to withstand. They could only afford one spade in the early years and it was a running joke that its handle was kept constantly warm between digging fence post holes on the farm and gardening. Development of the garden accelerated in the early 1970s with the sale of the dairy herd (to be replaced by a flock of coopworth sheep) and the creation of the nursery. The latter proving that the hobby could generate money as well as consume it! The name Maple Glen came about when we had to officially register a nursery. At the time there were over 30 varieties of Japanese Maples on the property and the garden was being developed in a curving valley with a water source in the bottom. Such a landform is called a Glen in Bobs native Ireland. The garden continues to be developed and extended.
We visited Maple Glen at the end of summer and it was beautiful then… this time our visit was at the beginning of spring, the colours and gardens are ablaze with so many different hues of colour they take your breath away. The various parrots and native birds that roam free on the 25 hectares live in a colourful paradise… just imagine what these gardens will look like when the maples add their burst of colour…when one stands at the top of the hill looking down on the conifers it is like looking into a fairy tale world… a magical sight.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Maple Glen Gardens Southland New Zealand.
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Fetured 15th September 2011

Featured 18th September 2011

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 3 years ago

    A Glympse Of Fairy Land … Conifers Maple Glen

  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Too cool! It’s beautiful.

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you Judy.

    – AndreaEL

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    So very BEAUTIFUL Andrea!!

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you Carolyn.

    – AndreaEL

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    NatureGreeting...about 3 years ago

    Please add this to Seasons Change :)

  • Thank you…done

    – AndreaEL

  • sharlee
    sharleeabout 3 years ago

    Hi… please enter this in “A Garden Somewhere” ! Thank you. This is amazing!

  • Your kind words are very much appreciated, thank you. I have added the image to the group.

    – AndreaEL

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alabout 3 years ago

    This is pretty Andrea. A beautiful shot.

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you Al.

    – AndreaEL

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 3 years ago

    Gorgeous image Andra great shot

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you Maggie.

    – AndreaEL

  • Poete100
    Poete100about 3 years ago

    WOW! That’s like a Magical plalce…Andrea…thanks for posting this and info…

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you.

    – AndreaEL

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 3 years ago

    Nice capture…love all the assorted colors throughout Andrea

  • Thank you Larry

    – AndreaEL

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonabout 3 years ago

    Really beautiful!

  • Your kind words and support are very much appreciated, thank you Lynda.

    – AndreaEL

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