Candy Floss Clouds

Writer Jane Dougherty shared a photo of pink sunset clouds with an imaginative poem inspired by the view, in Come and play with the cloud people. She also invited readers to 'borrow' her photo to inspire their own poem or prose. I started playing with words for a haiku and the lines came together surprisingly... Continue Reading →

Stay Safe, Be Kind

Americans, I don't understand you. If your country or state asks you to stay home for the good of yourself and your fellow Americans, what's the problem? While your doctors and nurses battle it out on the front lines, is it too much to ask you to stay home? Given you've recorded over 700,000 Covid-19... Continue Reading →

Magic Carpet

The magic Colchicum. These two photos were taken by Nigel on 10 April 2020 when we wandered up the road for our exercise walk. He took one other - which I published yesterday as a single image. We were amazed how the strip of flowers was so dense with colour. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Warm and Welcoming

These lovely dahlias are blooming outside a boundary fence at the east end of Tapanui, near Blue Mountain Nurseries. We walked up there yesterday afternoon to look at the Colchicum and got to enjoy the dahlias as well 🙂 I love the colour of this one and it's a bit different to see dahlias growing... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Ice

'Raspberry Ice' is a lovely 1986 rose. This planting is a very small part of the wonderful modern rose garden at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 24 February 2020

The Skylark Rose

Lark Ascending. This post celebrates ongoing achievements by writer Kay McKenzie Cooke who lives in Dunedin, New Zealand. This year Kay will see her 4th book of poetry published. Not only that, she's been working on a novel for the past decade and has now reached the stage where she's scouting around for a 'home'.... Continue Reading →

Showy In Pink

Pink poppy flowers plus links to fascinating manifestations of pink in nature. Some of these may be new to you - a good few of them are from Australia! Don't miss Pink Link No. 6, one of my favourite posts from Ellen Jennings who's based in the South Carolina Lowcountry - I love her photography!... 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.

Mozart, Dunedin NZ

We stayed in Dunedin at Christmas for a couple of nights and enjoyed time in the Botanic Gardens. I found this beautiful rose the day we arrived. It was breath-taking. Dunedin, New Zealand. 'Mozart', Hybrid Musk. Lambert, Germany 1936. Click on either photo to enlarge. For those of you who may wonder, I didn't bump... Continue Reading →

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