Old World Charm

"Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height, contrast and a certain amount of old world charm to cottage gardens and border backgrounds. Also effective when grown against walls or fences." ~Missouri Botanical Garden [website] Photos taken at Clyde in Central Otago, New Zealand .. 07 Dec 2021. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) Photos 1 and 2: hollyhock flowering by... Continue Reading →

Clyde Shadows

These photos are from our trip to Clyde in Central Otago on 02 April. We arrived for the afternoon and it was bright and sunny, providing some interesting shadows. Clyde's a lovely town with lots of old schist stone buildings and a gold history dating back to the early 1860s. These days there's a major... Continue Reading →

Painting the Town RED

These are photos I took yesterday in Clyde during our afternoon trip into Central Otago. At long last I've learned the difference between Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy! From what I've read I understand this to be Virginia Creeper. New Zealand. ~ Great page on Virginia Creeper here from University of Wisconsin - Madison ~... Continue Reading →

The Whistlestop

And so we drove on into Central Otago, got to Clyde, where for the first time ever I noticed 'The Whistlestop', my attention caught by golden foliage. We both thought we'd love to have 'The Whistlestop' as our street address! New Zealand. 02 April 2022. [continued from yesterday's post On Our Way] Click on any... Continue Reading →

Smoke Bush, Early Summer

When we visited Clyde in Central Otago on 07 December we were delighted to see smoke bush is making a great show! The purple-leaved variety appears to be particularly popular (not surprising, it's very showy) but I've also included a photo of a green-leaved smoke bush I noticed. New Zealand. Cotinus or Smoke Bush I've... Continue Reading →

Bee Feast

Pleased with myself getting this pic of a busy bee. Tiny flowers, and the bees would often land and take straight off again. Nearly gave up but took this one shot before I left. This was in a churchyard in Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. ~yesterday [detail pic is a crop]. If you know what... Continue Reading →

30 Years Wed Today

Celebrated 30 yrs wed today! 1. Moa at Moa Flat's all dressed up. 2. Lovely lady owner at Monte Christo Gardens gave us an enormous punnet of strawberries 'because it's a special day'. 3. We happily photographed Wild Flowers. 4. Then treats at Post Office Cafe & Bar. ~Central Otago, New Zealand. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

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