Been looking forward to today’s visit to Dunedin Botanic Garden but I didn’t get much time before grey sky turned rainy sky. I still took around 170 photos though! Once it got too wet outside I transferred into the conservatory. For this post I’ve chosen pics that although not my best, hold some kind of interest for me.
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My first photo is one that I took after returning to our motel. It’s a view down onto the botanic garden carpark and is taken from the motel balcony (one level above ground level). The bright autumn colours attracted my attention.
I’d wandered through to the botanic garden from just to the left of the scene above. Once you walk from the carpark road into the garden proper there’s this wonderful big horse chestnut tree. I spent quite some time here. I took this photo for the incredibly long writhing branch that snakes out over the ground.
Horse chestnut or Aesculus hippocastanum. I like the contrast of the bare branches and bright foliage.
Horse chestnut leaf detail against distant bare branches.
So I was standing under the horse chestnut taking pics and this strong blast of wind came through and leaves were hurtling down, some of them hurled at my face and camera. I did my best to take shots but this was the only one that offered a few glimpses of the windblown leaves – look carefully for the blurry bits of brown!
Not very far away, Liriodendron tulipifera (tulip tree) leaf, wet from earlier rain.
Leaf litter and berries under a Sorbus domestica (service tree).
And I finish with another photo taken at our motel. In the shelter of our building is this massive lemon verbena. I’ve never seen one this big! Again it’s taken from our balcony, a level above ground level. That’s the roof of the next door single-storey house behind it. Lemon verbena is a wonderful herb that exudes a powerful lemon fragrance from its foliage and is native to Peru and Argentina. I chatted to a motel lady about how wonderful it is and a plumber with us stopped and looked and then exclaimed at the lemon smell coming from the tree. I was pleased he could smell it too, I’d noticed earlier that the windblown foliage was releasing a strong lemon aroma! Aloysia triphylla.
Here’s a link to an interesting New Zealand article about lemon verbena from Jenny Somervell in Christchurch. It’s a good article but she can’t have ever seen this particular plant in Dunedin because she says: “In its native Peru and Argentina, lemon verbena will grow to a grand height of five metres, but it definitely won’t do that here in Canterbury.” Well hehe, Dunedin’s south of Canterbury and it looks like it can do it here so I’d question that use of “definitely”!!!
Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)