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Nothing about Plants

Around midnight I get up and put the folding camping chair out in the middle of our paddock,

I wrap myself in a sleeping bag and tilt the chair back.

The first thing I notice is that I am surrounded by the gentle singing of a million insects, whistling from cracks in the dry earth.

A chill breeze rattles the leaves of the Poplar tree I planted in the chicken run while from far to the west comes the distant lonely sound of a truck rumbling down the highway.

A Ruru whistles from the row of Totara growing along the banks of the Waionehu Stream and then unexpectedly from the farmer's parched field, a Plover's abrasive call cuts through the night.

And the summer night sky hangs over it all, a silent vastness that stretches into the depths of space and time. Where looking up is to look into an infinity defined by the distant, receding stars.


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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,