Glorious Gazanias

Gazanias in all their glory at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. New Zealand. Native to South Africa. They're named after the 15th-century Greek-Italian scholar Theodorus of Gaza; they're also known as 'treasure flowers' ... I like that! I took these pics on a hot afternoon, 26 January 2021. It's nice looking at them again today because... Continue Reading →

Gazania Gazing

Following on from yesterday's single-image post .. more gazanias! Photos taken at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand on 26 January 2021. I couldn't take my eyes off these bright beauties! Three large rectangular beds of gazanias lined up across the lawn. The first pic shows a gazania that appeared to be a one-off... 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 →

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)

Kangaroo Paw

Yesterday at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens we managed to include the Australian garden in our wandering; to my delight the kangaroo paw plants had flower heads in the early stages of blooming. Kangaroo paw flowers (Anigozanthos species and hybrids) are some of my favourites! The first two images are cropped from photos taken by Nigel,... Continue Reading →

Wedding Anniversary

Yesterday was our wedding anniversary and we spent it in Dunedin, arriving in the early afternoon. Here's a few pics from the Dunedin Botanic Garden. The roses are now in flower .. and they're blooming beautiful! Nigel spotted a white rose called 'Wedding Day' and I've included a photo below. Dunedin, New Zealand. 'Wedding Day'... Continue Reading →

Bunch of Deadbeats

After taking our leave from the beautiful angel at Waipahi Cemetery we went for a long country drive and eventually ended up in Balclutha. Our favourite pizza outlet was shut so we went to Casafuego Eatery and Bar, a colourful establishment with a very friendly skeleton crew 🙂 Balclutha, Clutha District, New Zealand. 22 Nov... Continue Reading →

Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

Ok, so I stole my title from a line in the movie You've Got Mail but these 'Woodland Pencils' are seriously wonderful! I found them displayed for sale in a cafe we visited today, TurQuoise CaFe right by the main road in the Ettrick orchard area, Central Otago. If you're going that way don't miss... Continue Reading →

Southern Spring

Southern rhododendron / azalea colour for you, from Invercargill in Southland, New Zealand (bottom end of the South Island). We were there 17 Oct 2020, these photos are from two different parks/gardens. Click on any photo to enlarge. First up is this bright beauty from Queens Park, the big public park/gardens in the central city... Continue Reading →

Wonderful Jumble

A crooked tree, bright azalea flowers and fresh fern fronds fascinated me in the Rhododendron Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens on 24 October 2020. This little area was wild and wonderful! New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

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