Another colourful beauty in my Twitter feed Monday morning, again from Australia. This Mandala design from Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture for Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: "The @RBGSydney Horticulture staff did an amazing job interpreting my coloured drawing into a masterpiece." The vibrant vegetable Mandala was created for the Tomato Festival Sydney 2020 held on... Continue Reading →
Brightly coloured Australian parrot flying in the rain, what a great wealth of beautiful birds they have in Australia! The photo appeared in my Twitter feed this morning and it was love at first sight! Photo credit: twitter a/c Angry Magpie @karenagold Image used with permission. Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/karenagold/status/1228476819147378689 Posted by Liz, Exploring... Continue Reading →
Blue meconopsis flowers are really special so I thought I'd share more photos of these from the garden we had when we lived in The Catlins. We also had a meconopsis with lemon-coloured flowers and the same plant had golden fur over its leaves and stem, very special. New Zealand. Photos by Nigel. Click on... Continue Reading →
Pink poppy flowers plus links to fascinating manifestations of pink in nature. Some of these may be new to you - a good few of them are from Australia! Don't miss Pink Link No. 6, one of my favourite posts from Ellen Jennings who's based in the South Carolina Lowcountry - I love her photography!... Continue Reading →
Blue poppy (Meconopsis sp.) we grew in our Catlins garden (2014-09-Dec) and a pretty pink poppy in Dunedin Botanic Gardens (2017-05-Dec). New Zealand. Photos by Nigel, edited by Liz.
At what price do we support industry in our local communities? Industries provide employment and may attract related industries, providing even more employment. Councils generally welcome industry. Just hold that thought. Last week we had torrential rain for days on end after an extended dry period. Southland's a region of rivers and they quickly rose.... Continue Reading →
Grevillea sp. Beautiful ground-cover in the Australian area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Distinctive 'toothbrush' flowers. Liz, 25 Dec 2019.
A species of Metrosideros that makes a great show of red flowers, a bit like the more famous pohutukawa, is Metrosideros umbellata but M.umbellata's natural home is down here in the south where it's cool and moist (pohutukawa's natural home is further north where it's hotter and drier). On my recent bottlebrush post Steve Schwartzman... Continue Reading →
These are Australian flowers (Callistemon species) but so familiar to New Zealanders too, and perhaps to most the rest of the world - it's not unusual to see them in photos on other people's blogs, normally the standard red-flowered species. I've been familiar with bottlebrush flowers since I was a kid growing up in Northland... Continue Reading →
Fierce lancewood trees with new growth at the top. Pseudopanax ferox at Dunedin Botanic Garden, endemic to New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 24 December 2019. Cropped from the above photo (notice the saw-tooth edges) My other recent post about lancewoods Link: for more detailed photos Text by Liz, photos by Nigel. Exploring Colour (2020)
Honeysuckle flower in the South African garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 24 Nov 2019.