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 →

Pretty Tea-tree

I've posted my photos of this lovely garden cultivar of Leptospermum scoparium back in Dec 2019 but Nigel also took photos that day and I thought I'd do another post. This tree is in the Roslyn suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand and the view is looking down toward Otago Harbour. Photos taken by Nigel 07... Continue Reading →

Boronia (Australia)

Boronia heterophylla from Western Australia although this was photographed in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I really like these Aussie plants which remind me a bit of our tea-tree but not the flowers - they remind me more of an Erica flower. They're like little pink bells and the petals still look pretty when fallen... Continue Reading →

Gorgeous Gladioli

This beauty is a welcome surprise that I found by the front door a couple of days ago. Photos by Nigel, taken today. (I was holding/steadying the stem!) Click on either photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

Pretty Iceberg Roses

I have a favourite spot in the rose garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens. I really love the coloured iceberg roses. Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz 08 Dec 2019. A climbing rose, looking pretty above the iceberg rose blooms. The signs were a bit confusing but I think the pink and white iceberg roses... Continue Reading →

Showy Pink Flowers

I wouldn't say I'm a fan of Alstroemeria but these pink beauties caught my eye at the Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday morning. I took nine photos which surprised me but a) they looked stunning and b) they were difficult to photograph. When I came to select and edit the photos tonight I found that... Continue Reading →

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