Maple Glen, Yellow and Mauve

At Maple Glen on 26 January we immensely enjoyed this part of the extensive gardens. The Centaurea macrocephala was a star at the time of our visit (along with the magnificent dahlias that I’ve already posted about). The yellow, purple and mauve colours made a very favourable impression on me.

Maple Glen Gardens at Glenham, near Wyndham, Southland, New Zealand


The Centaurea macrocephala is the golden yellow thistle-like flower

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Mounds of Erica (heather) flowers from another part of the garden

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In the first photo you may have noticed the cute little group of white tree trunks top-left. Those same birch trees are in these two photos, first by Nigel and second by Liz

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Shades of yellow from other parts of Maple Glen Gardens..

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Plant Note:  Centaurea macrocephala

From  Terrain  I found that it is native to Armenia, Turkey and the Caucasus Mountains. In NZ it has the capability to become invasive. Also: “Many infestations that have occurred overseas are the result of garden escapees.” All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. That’s just a few points from the Terrain article. Treat with caution I guess!

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Thanks to my OH Nigel who took many of these photos. Nigel is a Landscape Architect and Director of Growplan Ltd:   Website  |  Blog


Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)
Photos 3, 5 and all of the verticals were taken by Nigel

17 thoughts on “Maple Glen, Yellow and Mauve

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  1. All just glorious, Liz! The image just before the Plant Note makes me want to jump right in–an inviting path through all that beauty.

    I especially liked those giant Centaurea macrocephala– how disappointing to learn they are invasive.

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    1. They’re really beautiful Ellen. I’d tend to plant them anyway and just keep them deadheaded and generally be careful. I also really like Centaurea montana which grows really easily in our area but very easy to control, and has purple-blue flowers. They’d be nice planted together I think (the yellow flowers would be taller with the purple ones below).

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    1. Thank you Ali, it is really special. The Davison family, especially Muriel, have developed this from bare farmland to what it is today – extensive gardens and nursery, without outside help. Its still being extended by Rob (son) so its an ongoing story!

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    1. Picnics used to be allowed but unfortunately a minority of irresponsible visitors abused the privilege so now picnics are only allowed at the top near the carpark.

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      1. Isn’t that just such a pity! Unfortunately we see the same here in our country – why would anyone in their right mind want to besmirch such a beautiful place with their litter and noise?

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