White Kakabeak

Our native Clianthus puniceus has red flowers and there's also a white form Clianthus puniceus albus. We found a lovely bush of the white form at Anderson Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. I've done past posts on Clianthus ... White Kakabeak at Larnach Castle Garden... Continue Reading →

My Cathedral

Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth. – Dorothy Frances Gurney When I was a kid my older brother, already married/in his own home, would sometimes play My Cathedral /Jim Reeves on a Sunday morning. YouTube:... Continue Reading →

Little Lemon Rose

Found this gorgeous early rose loaded with cute little lemon-coloured blooms in the Jessie Calder Garden (old roses), Queens Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. This was the only rose making an impact, others had barely started. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Kaitangata

Small rural town (population ~800) 12km from Balclutha. The mighty Clutha River flows through Balclutha, then winds its way past Kaitangata ('Kai'). We took a drive out there yesterday, 18 October 2020. Clutha District, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Hut and jetty by the Clutha River, at Kai. Where we'd stopped, I... Continue Reading →

Purple and Gold

I love to witness the appearance of this beautiful flower in the Spring. Pulsatilla or pasque flower. According to Wikipedia: 'Derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, "pasakh", the common name pasque flower, refers to the Easter (Passover) flowering period, in the spring.' New Zealand springtime is nowhere near Easter so not very relatable for... Continue Reading →

Little Penguins

We walked down the path to Pilots Beach when we visited Taiaroa Head, Otago Peninsula on Saturday 10 October, afternoon. There's an area for viewing little blue penguins. The penguins come ashore at dusk so we didn't see any. Over the summer about 200 arrive here in the evening. Near Dunedin, New Zealand Fyi the... Continue Reading →

Keeping It Light

Light and white. Mostly plant photos. The first three were taken in Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand, 09 October 2020. I didn't look for labels but noted what I believe they are. Click twice on any photo to fully enlarge Drimys winteri beside a path by the lower carpark. Second and third photos were taken... Continue Reading →

Red Camellia Flower

This lovely simple Camellia caught my attention on 24 September in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Nigel took a couple of photos. It is a Camellia japonica hybrid, Camellia 'Bokuhan'. Click on any photo to enlarge As an aside, a couple of days later I bought this colourful bag from the Gardens' Information Centre and... Continue Reading →

Petals and Flowers

Kōwhai flower photos taken by Nigel in Dunedin Botanic Garden in late September 2020 (spring in New Zealand). Kōwhai are Sophora species. Click on any photo to enlarge. Kōwhai flowers against Pittosporum foliage. Kōwhai petals carpeting a lawn. Cropped from larger photo (below) Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)keyword: kowhai

Never Forgotten

Chatham Island forget-me-nots or Myosotidium hortensia. These are endemic to the Chatham Islands and therefore to New Zealand. It's common to see them down south here in gardens. They can be grown on the south side of a building (in New Zealand that's the most shaded and cool side). Their big fleshy leaves and beautiful... Continue Reading →

How Good Is Gold?

Very, very good when it's kōwhai blossom! New Zealand has eight species of kōwhai all of which are endemic. This is a specimen tree on the lawn near the herb garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. The photos are all of the same tree - I wanted to capture its special character. Photos taken... Continue Reading →

Brighten The Blue

We were in Dunedin much of Thurs/Fri/Sat and managed to spend time in Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sat before reluctantly leaving to go home. Many native kōwhai trees are in glorious golden blossom now, and these below were particularly bright and gorgeous - stunning against the perfect blue sky. There's much to make us anxious... Continue Reading →

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