Never Forgotten

Chatham Island forget-me-nots or Myosotidium hortensia. These are endemic to the Chatham Islands and therefore to New Zealand. It's common to see them down south here in gardens. They can be grown on the south side of a building (in New Zealand that's the most shaded and cool side). Their big fleshy leaves and beautiful... Continue Reading →

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... Continue Reading →

Berry Unexpected

We were walking along a footpath that runs alongside Dunedin Botanic Gardens when we came across these colourful Mahonia berries. Given it's early spring in New Zealand it came as a surprise to see berries but some Mahonia species flower in winter so I guess that's why. Photos taken by Liz 04 Sept 2020. Click... Continue Reading →

Beware the Blue Dragon

I dared to sit on this blue dragon seat and lived to tell the tale! My BLUE dragon was specially chosen for Ann Mackay (Suffolk UK, although Ann's originally from Scotland). She is the second Liebster Award nominee who's answered my questions! Ann likes blue and purple. She also mentioned a family boat trip along... Continue Reading →

Blue Pollen -see caption

Beautiful BLUE pollen of our endemic Fuchsia excorticata or tree fuchsia. "Stamen anther, face view of blue pollen in two compartments" / Larry Jensen, University of Auckland

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

Meconopsis Poppies

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 →

You Light Up My Life

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.

Loco Lines

Train travel often isn't an option in New Zealand but it's a treat when we get the opportunity. I've already done several posts about our Taieri Gorge Railway trip on 29 Dec 2019 from Dunedin to Middlemarch (return). Here's some photos that I took of the train itself while at Middlemarch Railway Station. Middlemarch, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

Turquoise Cafe

This cafe popped up out-of-the-blue! We were en route to Roxburgh yesterday when I saw a flash of blue out my side window and the word 'cafe'. This is Ettrick orchard country and I hadn't seen anything bright blue before. I asked Nigel to turn around and sure enough there's a new cafe (only been... Continue Reading →

Blue On Blue, Dunedin NZ

Several identical tile pictures adorn the wall of this corner shop in central Dunedin, New Zealand. Nigel mused it'd probably been a butcher shop, I'm guessing he's right. Liz, 29 Dec 2019.

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