Espaliered Camellias, Queens Park

Camellias espaliered along a white trellis/brick pillar structure. The trellis has large squares. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Liz 14 Sept 2019.

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Magic in an Aviary

The aviary is part of Queens Park, Invercargill (Southland, New Zealand) but you feel like it's in a little world of its own. To enter you cross a bridge over water, creating distance from the rest of the gardens.. and inside there's magic if you want to find it. All photos by Nigel except the... Continue Reading →

Weeping Willow, Cheery Cherry

I'd thought for a while that it'd be neat to do a Sunday post of weeping willows, recalling Psalm 137:1 "By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion." Also, I can't look at weeping willows without thinking of the song "By the Rivers of Babylon" (Boney M). Can't be weepy... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Gardens, Early Spring

Oamaru Public Gardens, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 05 September 2019 (the last photos from our visit to Oamaru). Early spring bulbs flowering by a woodland path. Nigel walking along the path. Bulbs were flowering all along the path. We walked as far as this blaze of yellow daffodils. Taken by Nigel. Click on... Continue Reading →

Lophomyrtus bullata

The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →

Nandina (heavenly bamboo)

Early Spring 2019, New Zealand. Taken by Nigel 05 Sept, Oamaru Gardens. Very interesting blog about Nandina:  Heavenly Bamboo is a graceful shrub... Text by Liz and photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

Lego Wildlife

You might like to take a look at the Lego wildlife that Sue (Mac's Girl) has posted at her blog. Sue took the photos at Brookfield Zoo's Brick Safari this summer. I've put an example photo below. Many more Lego animals are featured in her post. The link to Sue's post is:    Lego At The... Continue Reading →

Blooming Lovely

Camellia hedge at Oamaru Public Gardens, East Otago, New Zealand. Yesterday I posted my photo of this hedge. Nigel took many more and these photos are all his (except one in which he appears - I took it using his camera). Taken 05 Sept 2019. Camellia Hedge in Oamaru Gardens Text by Liz, photos by... Continue Reading →

Camellia Hedge in Bloom

Blooming beautiful camellia hedge in Oamaru Public Gardens, East Otago, New Zealand. This is a very long hedge, and this section had by far the most flowers. Taken by Liz 05 Sept 2019.

Secret Garden

This lovely fountain garden is within the Oamaru Public Gardens. It's not particularly secret, just a little bit tucked away and I nearly missed it.  Oamaru, East Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken by Liz, Thursday 05 Sept 2019. I took this photo after descending a series of stone steps. My first view of the secret... Continue Reading →

Gifts of Gold

Our native kowhai trees have showers of golden flowers. Gifts of gold. Kowhai Flowers (Sophora sp.) -- photos taken at Dunedin Botanic Gardens 07 Sept 2019. New Zealand. This kowhai tree is at one end of the rock garden. Taken by Nigel The following photos are of a particular tree, located in a native plant... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum, Vegetative State

At the Dunedin Botanic Gardens yesterday we visited the newly refurbished Winter Gardens and they're looking fantastic. To our amazement we became re-acquainted with our old friend the Titan Arum (which flowered just in time for us to see the enormous flower before we moved away from Dunedin in 2018). We were checking out an... Continue Reading →

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