Straight Ahead to Leithen

There weren't many road signs to confirm our route to Leithen and it had us guessing at times as we drove up the gravel lane through forest trees, the sealed road having ended when farmland had transitioned to woodland. Eventually we came to the lovely Leithen picnic area that I've been posting photos of recently.... Continue Reading →

River Stones

The Pomahaka River at Leithen Picnic Area has plenty of stones in the riverbed, many of them flat. Nigel commented that many of them are square-ended and would be useful for corners in stonemasonry (known as quoins). We were there on Sunday afternoon. All photos below taken by Nigel, 19 Jan 2020. Pomahaka River at... Continue Reading →

Cordyline banksii

Our iconic New Zealand cabbage tree that I've featured multiple times on my blog is Cordyline australis but we have other species of Cordyline and today I'm featuring Cordyline banksii, endemic to NZ. "Cordyline banksii may have a single stem or may branch close to the ground to form a dense clump. The long and... Continue Reading →

Yellow Phlomis

Yellow flowered Phlomis blooming in the Mediterranean Garden at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. Apparently two different species as some plants look markedly different to the others. Photos taken 24 November 2019. Photos 1 and 3 taken by me and the others taken by Nigel. Next photo:  click on photo to enlarge. Text by Liz,... Continue Reading →

Yellow Pohutukawa

Earlier today we were in Dunedin and visited St Clair. As soon as we'd parked I spotted a yellow pohutukawa on a nearby private property. This is a rare colour form, the normal colour being bright red (known as the New Zealand Christmas tree). Down south here the pohutukawa trees are just coming into flower... Continue Reading →

Cardoon in the Long Border

at Dunedin Botanic Gardens, New Zealand. I love their silver foliage and they become large imposing plants that add character to the garden. When the flowers develop they're fascinating too. Photos by Liz. Disclaimer: I think these are cardoon rather than globle artichoke - I'll know for sure once I see the flowers. For this... Continue Reading →

Growing Beyond

These photos were taken by Nigel when we were at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 Dec 2019. He said the small deformed tree is a Photinia and it appears to have died back several times. Despite the knocks it's growing steadily. Perhaps its resilience in the face of adversity has inspired the Botanic Garden people... Continue Reading →

Beech Foliage

In the Dunedin Botanic Garden on 24 Nov 2019 we looked up to see beautiful spring foliage on a beech tree. Very colourful in the sun. Fagus sylvatica. Dunedin, New Zealand. First two photos by Nigel, last photo by Liz. Exploring Colour (2019)

Near Roxburgh

These are the last photos from our trip into Central Otago on 27 Nov 2019. Coming through Roxburgh Nigel took photos of this interesting birch tree (trees?) by the road, the canopy covering a lot of ground. Betula pendula. Then driving through the Teviot Valley I spotted words on a hillside in white letters -... Continue Reading →

Lighting The Way

When we visited Maple Glen Garden on Nov 17, these plants added a glow to the garden. Laburnum and variegated irises putting on a show. Along with colourful azaleas and rhododendrons, plants were filling the garden with light and colour. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Photos by Liz and Nigel. Laburnum Photos 1... Continue Reading →

Quiet Colour At Maple Glen

Selection of photos that are less flamboyant, quirky, paler colours, experimental or a little bit messy. I've brought them together in this post where they won't be outshone by the dazzling brilliance of the azaleas! Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Visited Sunday afternoon, 17 Nov 2019. Note:  the only photo that features a... Continue Reading →

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