Bills Besom Brooms

How beautiful is this broom! I was after a unique, handcrafted, functional present for my sister and her husbands wedding present – aside from it looking just like a witches broom, which I love – this traditional northern European style Besom broom is made right here in NZ. Bill Blair from Coppice Crafts in Oamaru creates Besom’s from dried silver …

The Life Of A Katydid Nymph

Have you found one of these intriguing creatures in your garden? If so you’ve found an elusive katydid nymph! With a name as aesthetically pleasing as “katydid nymph,” one might expect quite a magical creature, and many would agree that is just what a katydid is. Related to the cricket and grasshopper, a katydid is a family of insects found …

The Big Buzz Festival

This February on Sunday the 14th, Matakana, a lovely town just north of Auckland, will be hosting New Zealand’s first ever Festival dedicated to honey and bees! The Big Buzz Festival is a FREE ENTRY family friendly, fun filled country fair with stalls of all things bees, food trucks and live entertainment, free talks and workshops, spot prizes and competitions, free children’s activities all day long and …

Watch Out For That Rose Thorn

Ouch! The uncomfortable pain from getting stabbed by a rose thorn is something most avid gardeners have experienced from time to time. The initial pain however is nothing compared to contracting Sporothrix Schenckii otherwise known as Rose Gardener’s Disease. One prick in the finger can quickly turn into extreme swelling and a trip to the hospital. This dangerous fungal infection …