Warm Breeze

"Whenever you feel a warm breeze brush against you, that's the kiss I blew to you." Bottlebrush flowers. Brightness, warmth and colour for any who need it. I took these photos 09 Dec 2020. Australia collection ~ Dunedin Botanic Garden ~ New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

Island Visit

As we explored the beach on Christmas morning, we wandered further and further along the sand until we came to a solid little island with the tide partially reaching around it when waves came in. These are the last of the beach photos from Christmas morning. South coast beach near Brighton, Dunedin, New Zealand. Click... Continue Reading →

White Gold

This south coast beach just south of Brighton near Dunedin / New Zealand gets golden sand sprinkled in patches, randomly over the mostly white sand. It's a very pretty effect. When we visited on Christmas morning there was way less gold sand than when we'd visited a few weeks before but I found a nice... Continue Reading →

Beach Christmas

Christmas Day morning we got up fairly early and headed out to a south coast beach - south of Brighton near Dunedin, New Zealand. It was a beautiful morning to be at the beach, and we were there before many others had arrived (they were arriving as we left). Native plants and exotic grasses at... Continue Reading →

Festive in Dunedin

Christmas Day in Dunedin offered a fine morning and then the weather deteriorated in the afternoon. Fortunately we headed out to the beach early and got to visit the Botanic Gardens before wet weather came in. Last night we attended a beautiful Christmas Eve service at Knox Church with lots of candles and music and... Continue Reading →

Black Tree Fern 02

I was taking photos of this tree fern (the same tree fern I showed yesterday), and Nigel decided to photograph me taking the photos ... and getting swallowed by the fronds! I was trying to get detail photos - which I'm now sharing with you in this post. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 09 Dec... Continue Reading →

Black Tree Fern

Two photos of the same black tree fern. Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand.Photo 1 : taken 09 Dec 2020 ~~/~~ Photo 2 : taken 25 Oct 2020Entirely coincidental I took both from a similar position. I find it interesting to see the development of the big new frond during the intervening period. Click on either... Continue Reading →

Merry NZ Christmas

These photos of New Zealand flora were all taken by me at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 Dec 2020, in the native plant collection. This is my Christmas blog-post, like a Christmas card. Thank you for visiting and to those who've been with me for longer - I value your return visits. To the regulars... Continue Reading →

White Rata

When we enjoyed the surprise view of the yellow-flowered Southern Rata on 09 December 2020, there was another surprise for us - we saw a White Rata as well! This is Bartlett's rata, (Metrosideros bartlettii). According to the curator of the native plant collection, this is an extremely rare species from Northland. Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →

Yellow Southern Rata

Wandering around the native plant collection at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 December 2020, we looked up and were surprised to see the yellow form of southern rata in flower! We had no idea it would be flowering this early in the season. The usual colour you come across is red so it was very... Continue Reading →

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