Lophomyrtus bullata

The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →

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Tapestry Wings, Moth by Pete Hillman. Antique colours, tapestry wings.

Kiwi Supernova

Most people know of "kiwifruit" as we call them in New Zealand. You might call them "kiwis". During my young childhood they were called "Chinese gooseberries". I've just found that the name change occurred on 15 June 1959 (it evidently took a while to catch on with the general population as I was born a... Continue Reading →

Going, Glowing, Green

As darkness descends we switch on the outside light between cottage and office, and the back porch glows green. We're quietly amused, yet at the same time we're rather fond of the effect.. I enjoy seeing the green glow when I look through the kitchen window 🙂 -- another colourful light that we've inherited with... Continue Reading →

Green and Cream

This shrub is in Queens Park, Invercargill not far from the Eye Tree that I've posted about recently. The foliage has really eye-catching colours! Two shades of green and a creamy white. This is a cultivar of a native New Zealand species, Griselinia littoralis. Photos taken by Liz Mar 02, 2019. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

What’s In The Bush?

Yesterday I showed you the fabulous entry to the Matai Falls Walk in the Catlins, South Otago, New Zealand and a few views of the first part of the path. Here I'll show you some of the plants I admired - in the same order that I photographed them. This will take us from where... Continue Reading →

Zooming In On The Green Car

Thurs 08 Mar we drove to Invercargill and while Nigel was doing business I visited a display of speedway cars that he'd txt-ed me about. It was fun wandering around looking at the cars and doing a bit of people-watching. My favourite was the classic green car - these photos all have the green car... Continue Reading →

A Walk on the Wild Side at Hereweka

After leaving the flower and vegetable gardens we headed into the Gondwanaland wilderness area. [Note: this post continues yesterday's exploration of Hereweka Gardens, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand. Garden visited Sunday 29 Oct 2017] Native tree ferns are bursting into growth and their graceful fronds create beautiful effects   Photo (above) shows a nikau palm... Continue Reading →

Green and Growing: Fern in Spring

The growth of a patch of ferns during October in the Clive Lister Garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. October 2017. Matteuccia struthiopteris. Europe, N.America, temperate Asia Photo 1: 01 October | Click to Enlarge Photos 2 and 3 : 08 October Photo 4 : 24 October Text and Photos by Exploring Colour (2017)

Hedge Fun

Today we visited the coastal village of Warrington a little north of Dunedin. We were surprised to find these novel hedges: number "5"; "I LOVE LOIS"; balloon, birds and sea.

I see… Green

This green-themed photo collection has been slowly coming together for a while now. I've found more photos over the last few days and its great to be able to publish at last! Thank you to contributing photographers! All images used with permission. The collection starts with clambering out of green goo... "One minute it’s a... Continue Reading →

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