White Rata

When we enjoyed the surprise view of the yellow-flowered Southern Rata on 09 December 2020, there was another surprise for us - we saw a White Rata as well! This is Bartlett's rata, (Metrosideros bartlettii). According to the curator of the native plant collection, this is an extremely rare species from Northland. Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →

Yellow Southern Rata

Wandering around the native plant collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 December 2020, we looked up and were surprised to see the yellow form of southern rata in flower! We had no idea it would be flowering this early in the season. The usual colour you come across is red so it was very... Continue Reading →

A Merry Christmas Bush Walk

Spur-of-the-moment this morning: I suggested to Nigel that we take a break and explore a bush track that's only a short drive from home. We'd been to the public domain before but had never explored the track. Black Gully, Blue Mountains, West Otago, New Zealand. We just did a small part of the track, it's... Continue Reading →

Colour and Texture

Gold/orange: Alstroemeria, commonly called the Peruvian lily or Lily of the Incas. Available in a wide range of colours. Pink/red: Astrantia, commonly called masterwort or Hattie's pincushion! Lemon yellow/thistle-like seedhead: Urospermum dalechampii Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Photos taken 7-9 December 2020.--taken by Liz except for photo 4 by Nigel. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Pattern Plant

I've photographed this plant many times but the photos haven't turned out well before. On this day, 08 December 2020, the plant wasn't too dense and it was backlit. I love the pattern of the stems and foliage! It's in the South African garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I wondered if it's a... Continue Reading →

Brighton Beach

This beach is on the south coast, not far south of Dunedin. There's a settlement at Brighton, a dairy, and a motor camp by the river. These photos were taken on our Wedding Anniversary 07 December. I included one photo from this beach in that post (our shadows on the sand). New Zealand. Click on... Continue Reading →

Lambs Ears

Lambs-Ears or Stachys byzantina is a cute plant that most of you will already be familiar with. It has silver furry foliage and is widely grown in gardens. I took these photos on 08 December 2020 in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. It was flowering and being visited by bumblebees. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Park

Not long after midday we popped into Gore Gardens to look at flowers and found it's the day for the Santa Parade which finished at the gardens so it was unexpectedly busy! We found some lovely flowers and I also enjoyed the happy hubbub of many families coming together to enjoy Christmas fun with the... Continue Reading →

Belties

We drove through Kelso this afternoon and in a field by the road was a small herd of one of our favourite bovine breeds - belted galloways or 'belties'. Being smaller and less likely to scare them, I said to Nigel I'd get out and take photos. Far from me scaring them, they all trooped... Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit

Cherries, apricots and tomatoes bought today from the Big Cherry orchard in Roxburgh. The cherries are way more delicious than I expected for this early in the season, a variety called 'samba'. Central Otago, New Zealand. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Pretty Pink Jewels

From the pink colour bed in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I love the bright colour of Erigeron 'Pink Jewel'. Erigeron is also known as fleabane which seems an awful name for a plant with lovely flowers! I took these photos 08 December 2020. Click on either photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Good Company

From the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, two plants that each seem to perfectly complement the other. How well the yellow daisy flowers of Brachyglottis lagopus look with Astelia nervosa! Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken 09 Dec 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge. Third photo taken by Nigel, the others taken by Liz.... Continue Reading →

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