Introducing Ms Liz

Liz the Lizard, created by Jodi McKinney from Mars (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA) for a friend's granddaughter. What a glamorous Liz this is!

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Bluff Wildflowers

Here are the beautiful flowers that we enjoyed on our visit to Stirling Point at Bluff on 13 Nov 2018. The tall spires are Pride of Madeira (Echium sp.) and the yellow flowers are yellow lupins. Photo 6 which includes a lot of flax also has South African flowers that we thought to be arctotis... Continue Reading →

Arrowtown Delight

Arrowtown is a beautiful old town that dates back to the goldmining days.. so many of these locations in Otago came to life in the days of the goldrush in the 1860s. Arrowtown is near to the resort of Queenstown and is famous for its gold mining history, historic buildings, and fabulous autumn colours. Nevertheless,... Continue Reading →

Peony or Paeony

I love the waves of different flowers cycling through this spring season. Now peonies are coming in to bloom. We found this beautiful bloom when walking through Gore Gardens on 02 Nov 2018. There were a couple of blooms, heads hanging downwards, and I went over and lifted one to see what it was like,... Continue Reading →

Pink and White Rhodo

On Friday, walking home from Gore, I came across this beautiful pink and white rhododendron on a private property. It was very close to the footpath and I took a series of photos for future reference. It appears to naturally grow as a low rounded mound. If you're familiar with this variety and know the... Continue Reading →

Pure White Clematis

A spring highlight for me is the blooming of our native white clematis. Actually, its endemic - it only naturally occurs in the North, South and Stewart Islands of New Zealand. At this time of year we can see it blooming in areas of native bush (it displays at the top of whatever its found... Continue Reading →

Blossom and Me. We were walking into Gore on 01 October when Nigel paused to photo this blossom that now has company in the form of new leaves

Decked Out in Pink

On Saturday when Nigel photographed the rural moa sculpture he also took some very colourful photos of pink blossom in the Central Otago town of Alexandra. Beautiful pink blossom against a brilliant blue sky is a treat! These photos all taken by Nigel on 06 October 2018 (springtime in NZ) Pink Blossom in Alexandra All photos... Continue Reading →

Terrific Tulips

Couldn't take my eyes off these tulips when we were in Gore Public Gardens on 01 October 2018. Their bright golden flowers are showstoppers! Fortunately Nigel took some photos - his show the golden yellow of the blooms. I couldn't imagine a brighter yellow! I ditched my photos as they didn't capture the true colour.... Continue Reading →

Pink Magic

Its been fun taking part in the "In the Pink" Square in September challenge hosted by BeckyB and I thank Becky for being such a kind host. Today being 30 September, this is the last pink square. Its a beautiful pink daphne that's in a small planting at the end of a local street. We... Continue Reading →

Showy In Spring

Mature magnolia trees in Gore Public Gardens showing off the beauty of their blossom on 12 September 2018. Gore, Southland, New Zealand After winter it was a real treat to enjoy the sights and scents of spring. In the first photo Nigel's enjoying a wander. ** Click on either photo to enlarge ** In the... Continue Reading →

Cherry Blossom at Maple Glen

Springtime at Maple Glen Gardens is a sight not to be missed. These photos were taken by Nigel and me during a lovely afternoon visit on 15 September 2018. This 42-acre private garden has been developed from bare farmland over decades by Muriel, Bob and Rob Davison. Maple Glen Gardens is located in Southland, New... Continue Reading →

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