Three Things in Tapanui

These three things in Tapanui particularly caught my attention when we were there on Sunday afternoon, 18 March 2018. I’ve already posted about the Chevrolet Impala SS and that was the biggie but I enjoyed finding these others too.


I found a plain and variegated native Griselinia growing right next to each other in a street garden. The variegated one has two shades of green in the green part of the variegation. It looked really pretty.

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I saw a very beautiful tree with purple foliage and when I went over to it, I found it had lovely shaped leaves and it also had red ‘propellors’. When I stood under the tree and looked up, I was surprised to see that the underside of the leaves were mainly green so that when looking up into the tree, the view was green. Nigel got me started on the right track by telling me its a maple, and when preparing this post I did some internet research and I think its a purple Norway maple Acer platanoides ‘Nigrum’

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And lastly, as we walked up the main street I noticed there was an unimpeded view of a ‘Four Square man’ on the wall of the Four Square supermarket. This character is a New Zealand icon and I was keen to get a photo of him!

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Apparently this character is known as ‘Charlie’ and I really enjoyed this article about how he evolved to become a New Zealand icon!


Text and Photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2018)

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