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Blackberry Bonus

Watering is a bit of a drag during this dry spell. Lugging a tank of water up the hill and gravity feeding down to the potting shed and shade house takes several hours. But it's not all bad. We wait till the end of the day when the temperature eases and the wind drops. We give each plant a little drink to the melodious sound of tuis in the totaras, a kingfisher squawking somewhere down in the bush and the occasional squeaking rhythm of a passing kereru.

And the blackberries are ready so we now have white strawberries and blackberries to sample and Mel and I shared a Pepino fruit the other evening which was a first for us and very unusual.

Melon-like we thought - juicy and firm with a little tingle in the mouth.



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Subtropica supplies edible and ornamental subtropical plants to New Zealand. We provide banana,  casana, cherimoyas and unusual fruits that grow easily in our climate. Plants are grown organically without the use of chemical fertilisers or sprays. Plants include Misi Luki, Australian Ladyfinger,casana, cherimoya, casimiroa, white sapote, papaya, pawpaw, Rainbow Valley pawpaw,  lucuma, Chilean guava, tropical guava, babaco, passionfruit, vanilla passionfruit, ligularis, , macadamia, mulberry, tamarillo,, brugmansia, sugar cane, guava, ginger.    We also stock Davidson's plum, fig, Ventura, monstera, myoga,  inga, pepino, turmeric,  cardomom,  cardamom, pomegranate, , tea, kei apple, arrowroot, Chinese quince,  Surinam cherry,  Japanese raisin, lemon grass, Vietnamese mint,  Abyssinian banana, rose apple,  citrus,  lime,aloe vera, pitaya,