Handkerchief Tree, Autumn

Dove Tree, Chinese Dove Tree, Ghost Tree. Davidia involucrata. I initially found this tree in Dunedin Botanic Garden in the spring of 2020, 24 October to be exact. But Nigel and I were unaware of the autumn form of this fascinating tree. Just a couple of days ago on 07 May we were back in... Continue Reading →

Oakleaf Hydrangea

I've known ordinary hydrangeas since I was a child but oakleaf hydrangeas were unknown to me till a few years ago. I love them! We found this one in a pocket park near the railway line in Gore on 30 April. In the second pic you can also see the plant, beyond Nigel. Gore, Southland,... Continue Reading →

Burning Birches

Birch trees next-door, lit up at sunset. Blazing in the fiery glow! Taken ~5.30pm by Nigel. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

Malus trilobata

Yesterday I shared how I solved the name of this tree we found on Saturday in a public park in Gore. Here's the photos I took while we were looking at it, I hope you get a sense of our joy and wonder at finding this beautiful tree that, at the time, was a mystery... Continue Reading →

Solved on Sunday

A mystery from yesterday afternoon solved today, thanks to a knowledgeable twitter contact. We were having a wonderful wander in a big open public park in Gore when we came upon a tree with colourful lobed foliage and smooth, small, ball-like greeny-yellow fruits. Lots of the fruit 'balls' had dropped to the ground - thousands... Continue Reading →

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

My favourite geranium flower, Rozanne, is so beautiful! To date she's never inhabited a garden of mine but I've admired her at garden centres. This afternoon I was delighted to find her beautiful blooms adorning a traffic island in Gore.. I was able to photograph them from the pedestrian crossing. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. ~Auckland... 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 →

Imperial Camel Corps

We had a wander through Gore Cemetery on 18 April, it's a nicely 'tree'ed cemetery with amazing views to the Hokonui hills and out over the plain. When we reached a section where military veterans lie, I was amazed to find an inscription for a WW1 Trooper in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who'd been... Continue Reading →

Bannerman Park Red

We had a brief walk in Bannerman Park at Gore on 18 April and some of the red autumn foliage colours caught my eye. Here's a selection of four photos taken during that little visit. It looks like I've got two photos each from two different maples. Gore, Southland. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Hedgehope Church

The night I took the moon photos, we were returning home from Hedgehope where we'd gone to enjoy the beautiful rural views in the lead-up to dusk. The only photos I took though, were of Hedgehope Church which is looking wonderful. I've learnt since that it's had a lot of work done on it in... Continue Reading →

Whisky Gully Creek

This was our first walk into the Whisky Gully entry to the Blue Mountains today, just up the road from home in Tapanui. Delightful! Here's two of my first pics, taken near the start of the track.. Whisky Gully Creek. Good Friday, afternoon, 15 April. West Otago, New Zealand. Click on either photo to enlarge.... Continue Reading →

Good Friday, Autumn

As I write, it is Good Friday in New Zealand. In fact, it's a good Good Friday! My first photo, of a colourful maple, was taken just over the road from where we live this morning. The day started off so quiet, with no traffic or trucks going past our cottage as would happen at... Continue Reading →

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