Blue and green and red and brown

The. Native fuchsia of New Zealand has blue pollen. How astonishingly cool is that?

I learnt this amazing fact on our visit to Zealandia on Saturday. This is an amazing place and everyone who visits or lives in Wellington should visit. For under $100 (£50) two of you get a years free access to over a square mile of bush which is protected from possums, cats, stoats and all those other nasties which have so ravaged the native ecosystem of these islands. We saw some wonderful sights, including the native kakas (particularly vulnerable to cats when nesting), red headed cockatoos and many tuatara. We tramped for about two hours round the lake. There is a lot of the native fuchsia in the sanctuary, with its peeking bark. We didn’t see its unobtrusive flowers but heard about its otherworldly pollen. Make tracks for this amazing place.


About Sarah Tanburn

I'm a writer, a sailor and a strategic adviser to public organisations. Visit my websites to find out more.
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