Back Country Otago

Central Otago back country is wonderful to explore, exhilarating to experience. Yesterday we drove to Roxburgh, crossed the hydro dam across the Clutha River, and continued on the east side of the river with the intention of looping back to town. But then we saw a side road heading off into what looked like interesting... Continue Reading →

Beautiful Cistus

Probably Cistus ladanifer var. petiolatus 'Bennett's White', Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 24 Oct 2020. Love the melted butter look!

Striking New Growth

The new growth on this rhododendron looked really striking! I was pretty taken with the colour and texture. It was growing in a fairly casual area that felt a little 'wild' ... in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First photo by Nigel, next one by Liz. Taken 24 October 2020. Click on either photo to... Continue Reading →

Lemon Azalea

Another very pretty azalea / rhododendron : flowers and buds. Lemon and lime colours. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.Taken by Liz, 24 October 2020. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Golden Azalea

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

Handkerchief Tree

I got a surprise at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 October 2020 to look up and see a handkerchief tree (dove tree, ghost tree) in flower, mainly because I'd been to the same spot an hour or two earlier and hadn't noticed it! New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge. Davidia involucrata Here's a... Continue Reading →

Succulent Lemon Flowers

Here's another succulent plant or ice plant but unlike our native Disphyma austral posted yesterday this is an exotic pest (pretty though). I took these photos at a picnic area near the Roxburgh hydro dam in Central Otago, New Zealand on 16 August 2020. Native to South Africa but now widely distributed! Click on any... Continue Reading →

Disphyma australe

This native succulent is found at the coast. I saw it on a cliff above rocks when we took the coast route from Dunedin to Waihola on our way home. We stopped at one of the many beaches, 25 October 2020. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Disphyma australe subsp. australesynonym: Mesembryanthemum australeNew... Continue Reading →

Yellow Field Crop

We'd driven past this yellow field crop several times when travelling between home and Dunedin. On 25 October I remembered to ask Nigel to turn down the side road so I could get pictures. The final photo looks away from the yellow brassica flowers. I took it to show the context - pastoral with dairy... Continue Reading →

Confronting Covid

In Dunedin on Sunday 01 November we'd attended Knox Church (Presbyterian) in the morning and as we were leaving I caught a glimpse of palm tree flowers in the garden. This is what we saw once we'd found our way to the palm which, by the way, isn't native. Photos taken by Nigel. - and... Continue Reading →

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