Sunshine

You Are My Sunshine! ~photo taken yesterday at Turquoise Cafe, Ettrick (orchard area between Millers Flat and Roxburgh); the cafe's in what used to be an orchard packing shed. Lovely cafe! Central Otago, New Zealand.

Bright Colours, Autumn

Autumn pics from 25 March 2022. Photos 2-4 are native New Zealand plants. The first two photos are from Dunedin Botanic Garden. The last two are 'wild' plants growing above the beach at Ocean View, Dunedin.

Autumn in the South

A look back at an autumn visit to Hamilton Park in Gore, Southland which we visited on a mostly dull day, sunshine occasionally breaking through to brighten things up.. 30 April 2022. New Zealand. And I hope my northern hemisphere visitors get to enjoy a beautiful, colourful autumn as you enter into the new season.... Continue Reading →

Religious Observance

"Religious observances—I've often thought that's a wonderful word, observance. What's religious about it is that you're observant, you're keeping your ears, eyes and heart open for the presence of God." --Frederick Buechner The quote is from a 2002 article I read very recently in which the late Frederick Buechner was interviewed by Richard A. Kauffman... Continue Reading →

Rock Garden Maples

Autumn photos of lovely maples displaying their colours in the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 07 May 2022. The first two photos are by me and Nigel took the last one.

Brightness and Cheer

~ can be a bit hard to find sometimes (especially in winter, as we are now) but on 16 June I walked across a bridge at Dunedin Botanic Garden and found this bright, thorny plant covering a large area of bank on the other side. It was very colourful and I took a couple of... Continue Reading →

Blue, Silver and Cinnamon

Three plants that grabbed my attention at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 07 May 2022. New Zealand. Love the colours and textures. The first two were in the Australia Collection and the third was nearby (but probably not Australian). The cushion bush is a plant I really love and I've grown a plant of it at... Continue Reading →

Information and Inspiration

~are benefits of an excellent Botanic Garden! Whenever we're in Dunedin we stay near the Botanic Garden and spend as much time there as we can. These are four photos I shared on Twitter recently for a Botanic Gardens appreciation theme, showing they're much valued by Nigel for information and inspiration in his work as... Continue Reading →

Ranfurly Wrap Up

These are the last photos from Ranfurly, taken during a wander around streets of the town while I was filling in time. They were taken 12/13 March which is early autumn here in New Zealand. Ranfurly is a town in Central Otago.

Rhodo Trio

Lovely trio of contrasting foliage, all three plants are Rhododendrons! Bannerman Park in Gore has an important collection of cool-climate Rhododendrons which is still being expanded.. although I didn't know that until I read it in a local paper a few days ago. These photos were taken by Nigel on the same afternoon as my... Continue Reading →

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