Chilean Myrtle, Dunedin Botanic Gardens, NZ

Very pretty tree from the central Andes between Chile and Argentina. Grows well in the south of NZ. Luma apiculata or orange-wood. Taken by Liz 08 Dec 2019.

Growing Beyond

These photos were taken by Nigel when we were at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 Dec 2019. He said the small deformed tree is a Photinia and it appears to have died back several times. Despite the knocks it's growing steadily. Perhaps its resilience in the face of adversity has inspired the Botanic Garden people... Continue Reading →

Near Roxburgh

These are the last photos from our trip into Central Otago on 27 Nov 2019. Coming through Roxburgh Nigel took photos of this interesting birch tree (trees?) by the road, the canopy covering a lot of ground. Betula pendula. Then driving through the Teviot Valley I spotted words on a hillside in white letters -... Continue Reading →

Paulownia tomentosa

Princess tree, empress tree, or foxglove-tree. "The genus, originally Pavlovnia but now usually spelled Paulownia, was named in honour of Queen Anna Pavlovna of The Netherlands (1795–1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia. It is also called 'princess tree' for the same reason." You can find more information and photos where I found my... Continue Reading →

Sweet Spring

Yesterday morning we walked from our home to our local plant nursery. We'd just left the plant nursery when we spotted a cosy scene complete with very content feline. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. The Contented Cat We spotted the cat sitting in the dappled shade under the elm tree. The yellow blossom to the... Continue Reading →

Blossom Magic

We returned to Maple Glen on Sunday, a week after our previous visit because I'd noted from a facebook post that the bluebells were due to peak. The effort paid off as the bluebells were gorgeous and the cherry blossom was still in good form. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Visited 13 Oct... Continue Reading →

Spring Magnolia Garden

The magnolia trees in Queens Park are wonderfully messy, exuberant trees in spring. The writhing branches are covered in bountiful blossom and soon large petals are scattered over the lawn. It's heavenly to wander among them, like being in fairyland. Some blossoms are scented.. this place is more like paradise! Magnolia Blossom in Queens Park... Continue Reading →

Tuapeka Trees in Spring

Driving back from Lawrence via Tuapeka on Saturday we came across these lovely trees in the rural landscape. Nigel had stopped to take a photo of some willows so I asked him to take photos of these trees too - some kind of poplar trees. Taken 21 September. Clutha District, South Otago, New Zealand Text... 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 →

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 →

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