Australian Frangipani

Lovely tree with 'honey-scented' yellow flowers. Several small specimens can be found in the Australia Collection of the Dunedin Botanic Garden. I like the look of the flowers, you just know they're going to be scented! And they're a shade of yellow I really like. This photo was taken on 18 Jan 2022. I've posted... Continue Reading →

Pink Paws

Pink kangaroo paw flowers by an aviary at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 18 January 2022. Anigozanthos, in the Australia Collection. These bright pink weird-looking blooms don't quite look real but when you're there they're real enough .. a great favourite with me!

Flower in a Paw

Kangaroo Paw flowers are a wonderful treat in summer, a 'something special' from Australia that I adore. They have a few species growing in the Australian collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden and we visited on Tues 18 January so I was able to get a few shots of different kinds. New Zealand. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Summer Red

Pōhutukawa flowers, our New Zealand 'Christmas Tree', are sensational. Here's three different examples we came across yesterday 18 Jan, at Dunedin Botanic Garden. We also saw plenty flowering in gardens along the south coast road to Taieri Mouth, on our way home. Click on any photo to enlarge. Metrosideros excelsa At the main top carpark... Continue Reading →

Summer Breeze

On Sunday afternoon in Gore we stopped to have a look at this long border garden, in a small reserve which has a massive war memorial as the main focus. The garden often looks attractive, populated with some of the larger flowering plants like hollyhocks, phlox, cardoon, echinops, lilies and gypsophila. Gore, Southland, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →

Warmth on a Cool Day

We had to go to Invercargill today and although we're now in the height of summer the sky had lots of dark cloud and at one stage absolutely bucketed down with rain. We also drove out to Bluff and discovered 3 or 4 murals we hadn't seen before. On our return to Invercargill we had... Continue Reading →

Berry Nice

Astelia berries. You've recently seen our photos of native astelias alongside ferns in the bush but the female plants' beautiful flowers become a bountiful crop of berries and they're beginning to ripen now. New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. I saw these berries within an astelia at Dunsdale Reserve, Southland on 05 Jan.... Continue Reading →

Nature Details

When we take a nature walk there's so much to see although you have to keep your eyes peeled and look around with a sense of anticipation and expectation. Seek and ye shall find! Today's photos all taken by Nigel when we visited Dunsdale Reserve, Southland, New Zealand on 05 Jan 2022. Click on any... Continue Reading →

Pink Puzzle

There's a big grassy Domain at Dunsdale Reserve and we found this huge plant with pink flowers near where we parked the car. We were puzzled about what it is. I was just about to publish this, asking if any of you know if its Spiraea when Nigel found it to be Spiraea douglasii or... Continue Reading →

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