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L.I.F.E. House Garden

Where Life Is Fun Everyday (LIFE) as we create a subtropical garden in warm-temperate Northland New Zealand, challenged, pleased, frustrated, inspired, learning heaps, enjoying sharing with other keen garden lovers, especially bromeliad addicts.
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Kereru, NZ native bush pigeons, love to feed on our young hibiscus leaves, true, they strip them bare. I can't send them flying as I love watching these 747s of the sky.

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Garden Art of a NZ fantail bird made of sheet metal framed in treated pin. Here to greet all the real fantails that flit close by when we're mucking around in the garden.

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Capturing the sun through our 'kryptonite' in front of a flowering Alcanterea Totara orange bromeliad

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Getting some height to show the Alcanterea odorata in the top pot. How different the Alcanterea rubra (bottom right) with it's wide leaves to not colouring up much yet.

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Vriesea Tasman hybrid on the left above a Neoregelia Lorena moving right across a collection of broms in front for a punga and begonias in the read... ah autumn colour.

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March 2014 hosting a meeting of the Far North Bromeliad Group. Sun hardy broms, a fitting topic of the day.

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Bromeliads looking lush in the early autumn warmth, nicely dotted amongst our NZ native Doodia squarrosa fern

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Billbergia hallelujah

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Aechmea pectinata in full bloom showing bright pink tipped leaves but a rather boring floresence (bloom) alongside a pink Brugmansia (Datura)

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Found a few pieces of Pilkington glass which we jokingly call 'kryptonite' hoping as the sunlight finds it, it will make the gardener strong!

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