Today the Bishops at the 2022 Lambeth Conference are visiting Lambeth Palace in London where the focus of their work will be on the Environment. We visited Lambeth Palace in 2010 and Nigel photographed a huge sprawling fig tree by the Great Hall.. and I've just found the fig tree was planted in 1556! White Marseilles fig tree.
Mostly cones and conifers, and some extras.. berries.. and handsome poplar trees. These beauties all caught my eye when we explored the semi 'wild' public park at Lake Roxburgh village - it was a joy to wander around! We discovered and explored the park on 03 March 2022, early autumn in Central Otago, New Zealand.... Continue Reading →
They have a leisurely life.. these post people at Lake Roxburgh village, Central Otago, New Zealand. Interesting use of a street tree! 03 Mar 2022.
This post explores the unexpected pleasure of coming upon an interesting street and small public park just north of Roxburgh at Lake Roxburgh village where a hydro dam spans the Clutha River (the dam also supports a public road and you can drive to the other side across the top of the dam). So here... Continue Reading →
"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 →
Tracy from Australia is guest hosting the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week and she's chosen the theme of Surreal. Given I'm a NZer and in that sense we're neighbours, in the spirit of solidarity I started checking for photos that might pass for surreal and found these that I'd forgotten from 22 Dec 2021. I'd... Continue Reading →
Here's another statue for children in a public garden setting, the Peter Pan statue in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. From the DBG website ... "Dedicated to ‘the Children of Today, Tomorrow and the Future’, this statue was donated by Mr Harold Richmond of Green Island. Crafted by English sculpture[sic] Cecil Thomas and cast by... Continue Reading →
The Pan statue visible in some of Nigel's photos in my posts has up to now been at a distance but these final Wonderland photos show Pan close-up. The whole sculpture or statue is a wonderful work that you can walk all around and admire the various creatures and figures depicted - they lean toward... Continue Reading →
When we arrived in Oamaru and wandered through the public gardens I spotted a moon gate off to the side and was drawn to it. "This part of the gardens known as Wonderland was officially opened by Sir Leonard Wright on October 31st 1959" ~inscription at the top of the gate. I was pretty taken... Continue Reading →
This bright red lacquer bridge is in the Oamaru public gardens which we popped into on 13 July. The striking red colour was just the ticket after all the awful weather we'd had in Dunedin the day before. And then the next day when we headed out of Oamaru to return to Dunedin, we saw... Continue Reading →
Oamaru's a town on the east coast of the South Island with a very distinct character, proudly on display in the commercial whitestone buildings of the old 'Victorian Precinct' CBD area, originating from the 1860s to 1880s and mainly comprised of large old grain and seed warehouses along with ludicrously grandiose bank buildings with imposing... Continue Reading →
Two small trees in the Australia collection area of Dunedin Botanic Garden had attracted my curiosity, I'd noticed they have similar foliage and appeared to be related. I shared some photos on twitter and it turns out they are Lomatia species. One of them even appears to be a weed-species further north in New Zealand.... Continue Reading →