Tree species include karaka (Corynocarpus laevigatas), mahoe (Melicytus ramiflorus), broadleaf (Griselinia littoralis), lemonwood (Pittosporum eugeniodes) and coastal tree daisy (Olearia solandri), and shrubs include taupata
(Coprosma repens), tauhinu (Ozothamnus leptophyllus) and flax (Phormium tenax).
To hark back to "Splitting the Stone," when the stone is split, the artist stands in the small place between the roses and the taupata
; it is there that the creative process takes place.
And when it was finished You stood there In the small space between The roses and the taupata
, Heavy grey rain Soaking through your clothes And the pores of your skin, And looked in wonder At what you had done, Nursing a bruised hand.