NEWS FLASH: Re 10th October post, Morepork hasn’t raided robin’s nest – still waiting for eggs to hatch. And now a botany note. This last month two fairly nondescript plants have been standing out in the bush because of their flowers. The strong musty smell of hangehange (Geniostoma) eminates from small clusters of pale cream flowers, letting you know it’s spring in the understory. But for sheer loveliness of scent the 2cm purplish trumpet of Alseuosmia is right up there with the best in your home garden. A member of the honeysuckle family (hence the sweet scent) it is prolific in the kauri (Agathis) forests of the north. A kauri trunk stands behind the plant in this picture.