Summer Breeze

On Sunday afternoon in Gore we stopped to have a look at this long border garden, in a small reserve which has a massive war memorial as the main focus. The garden often looks attractive, populated with some of the larger flowering plants like hollyhocks, phlox, cardoon, echinops, lilies and gypsophila.

Gore, Southland, New Zealand. 16 Jan 2022.


I was struggling with using the camera on my new cellphone, ending up with a mix of photos and accidental videos. I was going to include one clip here but my sub doesn’t allow it so here’s a photo instead. In the video the hollyhocks are swaying in the breeze and you can hear the birds singing.

I was over-the-moon to find a big patch of echinops, something I don’t see often and I haven’t seen as many flower heads as this before.

And this wonderful brightly-coloured foliage that I wouldn’t expect to see in cooler areas down here in the south of the South Island. The drama of the foliage was enhanced with shadow lines from the wire fence.


Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour 2022

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    1. I had you northerners especially in mind when I battled through taking pics of these bright beauties with the new and confusing cellphone camera! Honestly, it was an exercise in frustration ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  1. I grinned at your mention of those accidental videos. I was greatly surprised by them the first time I tried using my phone’s camera; that came just before I learned there wasn’t any way to take a true macro without the addition of more $$$. The echinops are delightful. We have other globe-shaped flowers, but I don’t remember seeing these, although they may be tucked away into gardens.

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    1. Glad the echinops delight you, as they do me! I admired them in photos in garden books way before I actually saw them for myself the first time. Bumble bees love them! It’s going to take a while to come to terms with this new cellphone’s camera ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. The Gore District Council maintains multiple public gardens, reserves and recreation areas as well as a fully planted highway median strip that extends right through the town. Their garden/reserves crew do a fabulous job!

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