Rhodo Trio

Lovely trio of contrasting foliage, all three plants are Rhododendrons! Bannerman Park in Gore has an important collection of cool-climate Rhododendrons which is still being expanded.. although I didn't know that until I read it in a local paper a few days ago. These photos were taken by Nigel on the same afternoon as my... Continue Reading →

Lowcountry Dreaming ~2

At Dunedin Botanic Garden on 07 May we wandered around the pond where we found lovely irises in bloom, adding blue accents among the autumn colours presented by other flora. Again I was reminded of the many iris photo posts published by Ted & Ellen Jennings from the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Here's a 2018... Continue Reading →

Fading Away, Fabulously

When we popped in to Bannerman Park on 18 April we had a look in the area of the hosta collection and I was delighted by the lovely colours displayed by some plants as their foliage fades away in this current autumn season. Way to go! Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Dear Dunedin

Recent photos that I've taken in Dunedin, New Zealand. I love this city very much with all its lively diversity, colours, art, music, literature, cafes, gardens, natural wonders and beaches. I've chosen four photos from our latest visit that are a little quirky and fun! ~from 24/25 March 2022. Click on any photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Bubbles and Leaves

Bubbles because this was our first day at Covid alert level 2, for those of us who live outside of the Auckland region. We're now free to break out of our household bubbles! Thing was though, despite it now being spring we had snow overnight and this morning... so I stayed inside; it was freezing... Continue Reading →

Getting To Zero

Thought I'd update y'all on how our lockdown's progressing, in case you're interested. The whole country has been in lockdown for two weeks at Level 4. That's our highest level, where we stay home in our 'bubbles' unless we're essential workers. You may recall we locked down at midnight on the same day the first... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rosehip

The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on what has passed awayOr what is yet to be ... ~Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem', first verse I felt like sharing this verse and a rose hip I photographed at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 19 May, New Zealand. For anyone who's interested our... Continue Reading →

Cinnamon Mushrooms

I was surprised and delighted to come across these beautiful cinnamon-coloured mushrooms growing in rough grass at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 29 April 2021 (autumn in New Zealand). I didn't see any others like them.

Bronze Flax

A week ago when we walked out of town and up the road through farmland, taking photos of trees with bare branches, I'd noticed how beautiful the bronze-coloured flaxes were looking. Most side-of-the-road flaxes are green but sometimes we see brown or bronze flaxes, and occasionally variegated forms. This one, with a few similar companions,... Continue Reading →

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