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Steve Newall
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Hi from NZ

My name is Steve Newall aka Jandals (flip-flops) . I live near Balclutha which is in the lower half of the South Island in NZ . I grow perennials for seed production and I try and get out and about in the hills here to see our alpines.

I have spent a bit of time in the USA . On the longest trip I returned my Avis rental car with an additional 17 500 miles on the odometer . My favourite places are Medicine Bow Peak WY and Teanaway River WA . I also like Leavenworth WA because I can buy vegemite at the australian shop . Hope to post some pictures of future trips to the US and ask for help on ID's . Will also try to get to a meeting or two .

Hoy
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Welcome on board, Steve!

Do you collect seed from native NZ plants for swapping/selling?

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Hello Steve, and Welcome!

Please join in, and don't hesitate to bring New Zealand (and photos) into the conversation.  We all grow (or try to grow) plants from other continents.  :D  There is hardly better advice/experience than from the source!

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Lori S.
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Welcome, Steve!  I'm looking forward to your postings!

Vegemite... brrrr!  You know, it is available here in the stores, but I've never had the nerve to try it!  Am I missing out on a life-altering experience?  ;)

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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Vegemite, is it a kind of green dynamite :o

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

Steve Newall
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Nice to be on board Hoy . Started collecting a few alpine seeds this past season and really enjoyed it . Will do it again this year but I will only try to collect the unusual or hard to get . And no , it is a black dynamite and gets you in the gut  ;)

Hi Rick . I may do one or two pictures from NZ but Dave Toole is doing an excellent job . If you look very carefully at his already posted pictures you may see a fat blob in a blue jacket . That's me .

I tried out an American on vegemite once Lori and she said she had never tasted anything so awful . It may well have altered her life . Have enjoyed your hiking blogs

Balclutha , New Zealand

Booker
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We meet again Steve ... you just can't escape me can you? LOL.
To those of you unfamiliar with Steve's past, he has collected superb seed of some of his country's finest high alpine plants and distributed them far and wide. He was his nation's number one seed collector for many years and the first port of call for any serious grower of NZ alpines. He has lectured across the world and toured Europe on a number of occasions. And boy does he enjoy a good malt!

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Anne Spiegel
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"Finest high alpine plants ....".  Hmmmmmmm, do I smell a ranunculus or two?

Mark McD
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Jandals wrote:

I also like Leavenworth WA because I can buy vegemite at the australian shop . Hope to post some pictures of future trips to the US and ask for help on ID's . Will also try to get to a meeting or two .

Hello Steve, welcome to the NARGS Forum!  I too like Leavenworth, a bit "touristy" at first glance looking like a Bavarian village replica in Eastern Washington, yet it's a great place to stay as home base to explore the mountains, drylands, and wonderful flora of Eastern Washington.  I have fond memories of several places we stayed in Leavenworth, and good food too, and of course the great scenery and plants.  Looking forward to your posts here on the forum.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Booker
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Spiegel wrote:

"Finest high alpine plants ....".  Hmmmmmmm, do I smell a ranunculus or two?

Got it in one Anne ... you know me too well!  :D :D :D

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

Tim Ingram
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Steve - thanks for seed of New Zealander's in the past. I remember your lecture at the Edinburgh Conference, just brilliant, and picked up a few tips on what might grow in our dry south-east garden. Look forward to hearing more of NZ alpines, a fascination since I picked up Philipson and Hearn's book as a student in London.

Dr. Timothy John Ingram
Faversham, Kent, UK
I garden in a relatively hot and dry region (for the UK!), with an annual rainfall of around 25", winter lows of -10°C and summer highs of 30°C.
 

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