Off The Scale

Flowers like beacons, blooming bright -- let's explore some COLOUR !!! A favourite quote of mine from the back cover of the book 'Colour By Design' by Nori and Sandra Pope : People talk about toning colour down; I tell them I want it to go right off the scale. -- the late Nori Pope... Continue Reading →

Pyracantha Colour

Pyracantha are also referred to as 'firethorn'. I imagine each autumn I'm surprised by the first blaze of colour - I don't usually give them much thought! This one grabbed my attention yesterday as I returned from photographing the asters. Just a single plant putting on a dazzling display. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

Bright Yellow Achillea

When we were in Queens Park, Invercargill on 24 February there were some really bright yellow achillea in bloom making a dazzling display. Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel. Click on any photo to enlarge. Humorous shot of me hurrying to get out of Nigel's way when actually he was trying to take a... Continue Reading →

Just The Right Green

On Sunday Nigel took himself and his green brolly off to Hawthorn Den at Waikaka to attend a fete. Waikaka is not far distant from home, between where we live in Tapanui and Gore. The green brolly is no ordinary umbrella, a lucky find for Nigel a year ago. It's huge and the shade of... Continue Reading →

Lil Library in Tapanui

Lilliput Library to be exact. Yesterday I needed to walk from home, right through the town of Tapanui, and then go further up the street and round the bend to get to the house that was my destination. And on the way I knew I'd pass the new Lilliput Library that I've spotted recently when... Continue Reading →

Tomato Festival

Another colourful beauty in my Twitter feed Monday morning, again from Australia. This Mandala design from Jimmy Turner, Director of Horticulture for Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: "The @RBGSydney Horticulture staff did an amazing job interpreting my coloured drawing into a masterpiece." The vibrant vegetable Mandala was created for the Tomato Festival Sydney 2020 held on... Continue Reading →

Bottlebrush Flowers

These are Australian flowers (Callistemon species) but so familiar to New Zealanders too, and perhaps to most the rest of the world - it's not unusual to see them in photos on other people's blogs, normally the standard red-flowered species. I've been familiar with bottlebrush flowers since I was a kid growing up in Northland... Continue Reading →

More On The Monster

Many shared my wonder at the monstrous red flower of yesterday's blog-post, seen on Christmas Day at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I also shared photos on Twitter and asked if anyone could identify it. Another WP blogger on Twitter answered my question and showed me four photos of the same species growing wild in... Continue Reading →

Aussie Monster

We came across this monstrous red flower in the Australian Garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on Christmas Day 2019. We don't seem to have the name for it even though there's a sign. Either forgot to record it or couldn't read it. Anyone know what it is? [UPDATE 05 Feb: This morning I found... Continue Reading →

Mozart, Dunedin NZ

We stayed in Dunedin at Christmas for a couple of nights and enjoyed time in the Botanic Gardens. I found this beautiful rose the day we arrived. It was breath-taking. Dunedin, New Zealand. 'Mozart', Hybrid Musk. Lambert, Germany 1936. Click on either photo to enlarge. For those of you who may wonder, I didn't bump... Continue Reading →

Gorgeous Gladioli

This beauty is a welcome surprise that I found by the front door a couple of days ago. Photos by Nigel, taken today. (I was holding/steadying the stem!) Click on either photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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