Almost Spring

Officially spring in New Zealand starts Sept 01 so we’re nearly there and there’s plenty of evidence that spring is on its way. When we drive through rural areas there are little lambs everywhere! On Tues 27 Aug we had a walk in Queens Park in Invercargill and the gardens are starting to brighten up with colourful flowers. Southland, NZ


Queens Park, Invercargill

Here’s a mix of photos taken by me and Nigel, some of them heavily cropped from a larger picture.

If you want the names for anything just ask in the comment section and I’ll let you know any info that I have.

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In the heart of Queens Park is a cafe with delicious food and drink, and views out to the surrounding gardens. We’re about to enjoy savoury scones and iced ginger cake.

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Text by Liz, photos by Liz and Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

21 thoughts on “Almost Spring

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  1. Your lovely spring flowers have made me smile – and realise that I can enjoy your summer while we’re in winter here. πŸ™‚ (And the ginger cake has made me want cake, hehe!!)

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  2. You may be aware that in the United States and some (most?) other countries the seasons are delineated by the solstices and equinoxes. To us over here it seems strange to arbitrarily declare that a season begins on a day not connected to a measurable feature of our world. I’ll grant you that declaring during Daylight Saving Time that the time is an hour later than it really is is also strange.

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    1. Strange to me too although spring usually makes its appearance before Sept 01 so it works out well. I dislike Daylight Saving as I’m perfectly happy with the natural allocation of light.

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    1. It’s a treat to enjoy the four seasons. Where I grew up in the north of NZ there was really only summer and winter, a limited spring and no autumn to speak of.

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  3. I especially love the shots of the crocuses, Liz. Those modest little flowers add a nice pop of color early in the season are always a sign for me that spring is coming, as are the flowering trees. We are now gradually moving towards autumn and the oppressive heat and humidity in this area are finally starting to abate a bit.

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    1. The cooler autumn weather will be a welcome relief for you Mike. It was a joy to find the crocuses early in their blooming. I took the white ones and Nigel took the purple. At one stage we noticed a lovely perfume in the air and looking across the main path to the rose garden, we saw a tall Michelia covered in flowers. The breeze was wafting the scent our way.. intoxicating!

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