Wild and Weedy

These bright yellow flowers bloom along roadsides everywhere around here. Have been for weeks. This is by the Pomahaka River at Conical Hill, West Otago. New Zealand. I assume they're hieracium (hawkweed). Photos taken 19 Feb 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

Monkey Musk

Can't help loving these yellow flowers even though they're a pest plant in New Zealand. The plant is called Monkey Musk. I took the photos yesterday when we were exploring a rough forestry road out in the country. River Rd, Conical Hill, West Otago. There is more information about the plant HERE. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Dill Dill Dill

My early years of life were spent on an orchard and "dill" for me related to feeding stale bread to ducks on the pond, calling out "here dill, dill, dill" 😀 This dill wild parsnip was growing along the roadside verge on the back road between Roxburgh and Millers Flat. I was photographing wildflowers when... Continue Reading →

Dare To Hope

"Hope doesn't just accept the way things are. It dares to hope and believe that something can be different, and then works to make that happen." -- Most Rev. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church of the U.S. Source: transcript of his chat on 01 January with Judy Woodruff / PBS News Hour,interview... Continue Reading →

Happy New Year ~from Liz

When we shine we shine togethermaking it so much betterthan shining all alone. Love these words! Spied them recently in a tweet by Damien B. Donnelly, my Irish poet/writer friend who blogs at Deuxiemepeau Poetry. And lovely bright shining flowers. Taken by Nigel a few months ago at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Euphorbia polychroma... Continue Reading →

Yellow Southern Rata

Wandering around the native plant collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 December 2020, we looked up and were surprised to see the yellow form of southern rata in flower! We had no idea it would be flowering this early in the season. The usual colour you come across is red so it was very... 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 →

Good Company

From the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, two plants that each seem to perfectly complement the other. How well the yellow daisy flowers of Brachyglottis lagopus look with Astelia nervosa! Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken 09 Dec 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge. Third photo taken by Nigel, the others taken by Liz.... Continue Reading →

Golden Azalea

Single sphere of pretty azalea / rhododendron flowers and buds. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Taken 24 October 2020.

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