Cordyline banksii

Our iconic New Zealand cabbage tree that I've featured multiple times on my blog is Cordyline australis but we have other species of Cordyline and today I'm featuring Cordyline banksii, endemic to NZ. "Cordyline banksii may have a single stem or may branch close to the ground to form a dense clump. The long and... Continue Reading →

Rose and Buds

Rose and Buds. Taken by Liz at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, 24 Dec 2019.

Welcome Everybody

I've shared with you the tui mural photos that we took on Christmas Day but we also enjoyed a wonderful visit to a Catholic church in South Dunedin named St Patrick's Basilica - it felt very special to be there. For the record I know very little about Catholicism but the church felt very welcoming.... Continue Reading →

Merry Stachys, Bumble Bees

The bumble bees were loving the Stachys byzantina (lamb's ears) when we wandered close for a look on Christmas Day 2019. The attention was too much for some but others stayed for the photo op. Mediterranean Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First two photos taken by Liz, last photo by Nigel. Click on photo... Continue Reading →

We Are The Lifeline

"We are the lifeline if anything goes wrong, so we have an important role to play, and I think people are generally very grateful for what we do," Charmaine says. Aboriginal mums / grand mums who started a fire brigade to protect their area: "There was a sense of helplessness before we came along but... Continue Reading →

Pink Phlomis

Pink flowered Phlomis blooms in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. I've already posted photos today of the yellow flowered form in the same garden. Photos taken 24 November 2019. Photos 1 and 2 taken by Nigel and the 3rd taken by Liz. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel and Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

Yellow Phlomis

Yellow flowered Phlomis blooming in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Apparently two different species as some plants look markedly different to the others. Photos taken 24 November 2019. Photos 1 and 3 taken by me and the others taken by Nigel. Next photo:  click on photo to enlarge. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

Mediterranean Garden

These are photos I took in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens on the evening of 24 November 2019. The vertical was over-exposed and with my basic editing skills I couldn't retrieve the colour. I knew other bloggers have had success playing with effects on 'bin' photos so I had a go and it... Continue Reading →

Beauty Is Here

This post features images taken by Nigel when we visited Horseshoe Bend near Millers Flat in Central Otago, New Zealand. He got some really nice captures. There was so much more than just the historic bridge. Taken 31 Dec 2019. Native flowers. I think this may be manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) rather than kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).... Continue Reading →

Yellow Pohutukawa

Earlier today we were in Dunedin and visited St Clair. As soon as we'd parked I spotted a yellow pohutukawa on a nearby private property. This is a rare colour form, the normal colour being bright red (known as the New Zealand Christmas tree). Down south here the pohutukawa trees are just coming into flower... Continue Reading →

Starting Over

Yesterday while still in Dunedin we chose a new camera that I'll be able to start learning how to use. So exciting! To be honest I hate learning anything new but I'd got really frustrated with the lack of detail and poor colour rendition in my basic cellphone camera. This afternoon back home I ventured... Continue Reading →

To be or Not to be

That is the question when you're driving along the highway, comfortably cocooned in the car. It's easy to go with the flow, enjoy the view from the window and not stop to experience what's on offer outside. Yesterday we'd just passed Waldronville as we left Dunedin via Brighton Road. And as we crossed a bridge... Continue Reading →

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