Come with me, to Hereweka

I invite you to come with me to Hereweka Garden on Otago Peninsula, not far from Dunedin. This is the home garden of Peter Cooke and Anna Moore. We visited on Sunday, a beautiful summer's day in spring. It was fine, sunny, hot and bright. Perfect day to be exploring one of the best gardens... Continue Reading →

Spotlight on a Wallflower

This wallflower enjoyed a brief appearance in my recent post Patchwork Colours in the Botanic Garden, 25 Oct 2017. At the time I knew nothing about the plant but two readers commented favourably on it so today I looked for a name and was successful. These photos were taken by Nigel Sat 28 Oct at... Continue Reading →

Full On Yellow – Aurinia saxatilis

Today the Otago Daily Times had a small article titled Golden face of spring about Aurinia saxatilis growing in the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. You can't miss the bright gold blobs of colour scattered about! We've been photographing the Aurinia recently so the article prompted me to show some of the... Continue Reading →

Green and Growing: Fern in Spring

The growth of a patch of ferns during October in the Clive Lister Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. October 2017. Matteuccia struthiopteris. Europe, N.America, temperate Asia Photo 1: 01 October | Click to Enlarge Photos 2 and 3 : 08 October Photo 4 : 24 October Text and Photos by Exploring Colour (2017)

Patchwork Colours in the Botanic Garden

Last night we were in the Dunedin Botanic Garden, quite late in the day. Springtime in Dunedin, New Zealand Overview of the rock garden. The bright orange shrub is Berberis × stenophylla and something starting with 'C', possibly 'Corallina Compacta' Close-up of the mauve blur you can see centre-right in the first photo. I think... Continue Reading →

White Tulips: White As Snow

Today we paid a brief visit to Gore Public Gardens, Southland, New Zealand. Gore has a lovely, well-cared for public garden that is always a joy to visit. This afternoon was grey and drizzly so we didn't spend much time there but this particular garden bed really captured our attention. It had white tulips under-planted... Continue Reading →

Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus albus)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 October) we visited Larnach Castle Garden for afternoon tea and also had a quick look around the garden, despite the wet weather. I didn't have my cellphone but asked Nigel to take photos of the white kakabeak which was laden with flowers and blooming immediately above blue Lithodora. They complemented each... Continue Reading →

Sundews at the Propagation Facility, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 15 October, 2017

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