The rest of us managed to find Jack’s place east of Manukau. What a lovely home and setting! Again, not a large collection but some superb trees! He also has his work cut out for him with the variety of potential bonsai waiting in various training containers as well numerous future tree growing on in the ground in various spots.
Afternoon tea was served in his “Man Cave”, a building any of us would love to have! Again a large variety of very tasty nibbles- I suspect some of us went home a bit heavier after the day’s irresistible indulgences.
Then we said good-bye to the Bay of Plenty group, reluctantly piled back into our vehicles and joined the Auckland traffic to Drury and Plantarama. Several quickly disappeared down the back in pursuit of treasures hidden in the jungle. Some new trees have homes now and some of us found a few very useful pots.
All in all a great day- weather co-operated, hospitality was superb, congeniality within the group very enjoyable, and three very different, very fine collections.
Thank you Lindsay for organising the visits, and Les for organising and especially for driving the van!