We are blessed here in NZ. We have ample water supply from natural rainfall in most places. Changes over the recent years, have had an impact on us as global climate change is just that…global. We are down at the bottom of the world where we are forgotten about, unless there is something incredibly special occuring (eg Pike River disaster in 19.11.10 and the series of earthquakes around the top of the south island, with Christchurch, (4.9.10, 22.2.11, Kaikoura 14.11.16 and settlements in the environs of both places.)
We are described as having a temperate climate and here in Rotorua, we are blessed with very good rainfall. The source of our domestic water is from springs tucked away in Neil Hunt Park. It takes 100 years for the water to filter through the land and come out at a small spring at the base of a hill. The water is covered from the source through the filtration system and into the dispersal pump stations placed around the city.
The heavens opened with a “good” soaking over the later part of the weekend and with heavy downpours over Monday and Tuesday. The temperature has been in and around the 20 degrees C here in Rotorua, so you can imagine the growth of the plant life. Check out the rasberry canes and the rhubarb.
I plan to have a break from preparing for our new school year starting in the first week of February when I complete this blog, and go and trim back, the damaged foliage. I will give the bush a wee shake, to get rid of as much water as possible, as in this heat, the fungi will just take over more leaves. I`ll post again when I have done that. I will be careful by cutting the plant leaf stalks, just below the join of another stalk.