Reluctantly, we’ve had to cut back some of the New Zealand Flax (Phormium Tenax) that had encroached on the drive – making it too narrow to get past a stationary vehicle.
The plant grows by creating so-called ‘offsets’ small replica plants that initially share the same root system as the parent, but are soon capable of becoming entirely independent. One way of propogating New Zealand Flax is to divide one of these plantlets from its parent with a digging spade, and then planting it out on a new site. However the root ball of the parent can be extremely difficult to penetrate, and in this case, as we didn’t need a new plant, we simply cut through the ‘hand’ of leaves near to its base.
In fact this was the first time we’d had to resort to such measures, so we were astonished to discover this extraordinary hidden pattern across the cut surface!