Winter Flashback

Here's a couple of photos that Nigel took in winter, 01 July 2017, at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I really like them but hadn't used them in any posts yet so this is a special out-of-season post! The first photo is an amazing fungi stack that he found on a dead tree. Click on... Continue Reading →

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New Zealand Plant Species and Cultivars

Introducing a small selection of native species and cultivars that I and SO have photographed, mostly at Dunedin Botanic Garden unless otherwise stated. Pittosporum tenuifolium 'Tom Thumb', bred by a nurseryman at Clinton in South Otago. Makes a gorgeous garden plant. Its a small tree with dark purple foliage that's almost black. In the spring... Continue Reading →

Pure White Magnolia Flowers

This magnolia tree had a very low-hanging branch with large flower heads on it. I took the opportunity to take some close-up shots with my cellphone camera. Usually the blooms would be up too high for me to do this. The petals were beautifully white and I thought the camera would probably get it wrong... Continue Reading →

Gunnera Growth

Gunnera at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 30 September 2017, New Zealand. Update on the spring growth. My previous post Emergent Gunnera showed photos of the newly emerged buds and young shoots, taken 27 August. Look how they've grown since then! With the frst two photos, you can click on them to see larger-size versions.  ... Continue Reading →

Garden Blues

Here are some photos of 'blue' that I've encountered while visiting the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Larnach Castle Garden this year (Dunedin, New Zealand). One plant featured here is native to NZ - the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not. Lithodora growing in the rock garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden. I glanced across the bridge (below) and saw it... Continue Reading →

Horse Chestnut Tree: Spring Beauty

On Sunday we spent some time at the Dunedin Botanic Garden looking around the deciduous trees. We admired the enormous Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum). Strong branches reaching toward the sky. Lighter branches paying homage to the earth. Shadow patterns (1) Shadow patterns (2) Shadow patterns (3) Long branches reaching out. Leafy branches reaching toward... Continue Reading →

Concrete Sheep And Real Lambs

Dunedin City Council are upgrading the Warehouse Precinct where developers are renovating many of the old warehouses into attractive, modern shop and office buildings. Currently the Council are working on a pedestrian-only zone in Jetty Street. I've been impatiently waiting for the installation of the 'sheep' bollards that I'd heard about. Yesterday's Otago Daily Times... Continue Reading →

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