Titan Arum: Part Four

On the morning of 04 February, 2018 we again turned up at the Dunedin Botanic Garden glasshouse to view the titan arum or corpse flower (Amorphophallus titanum). The three photos below are our final photos. See also:  Titan Arum:    Part One  |  Part Two | Part Three Photos taken by Nigel. Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

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Titan Arum: Part Three

On the morning of 03 February, 2018 we again turned up at the Dunedin Botanic Garden glasshouse to view the Titan arum or Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum). The following four photos show what we saw. See also:  Titan Arum:    Part One  |  Part Two Photos taken by Nigel. Dunedin Botanic Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand **... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum: Part Two

On 01 February 2018 we visited the Dunedin Botanic Garden again and checked on the progress of the Amorphophallus titanum (titan arum or corpse flower). We were very nervous that the flower mightn't open before we moved house, away from Dunedin on 05 February! Just to be clear - this is an unopened flower. At... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum: Part One

Have you seen the 'Corpse Flower'? Earlier this year in our summer, at the end of Jan/early Feb, an Amorphophallus titanum at the Dunedin Botanic Garden flowered - much to the excitement of Nigel and I! We popped into the glasshouse every chance we could to see its progress and it flowered JUST before we... Continue Reading →

Recognise this plant? Once seen, never forgotten. I'll be posting more about this plant ... tell me via the comments if you know what the name of it is! And if you've seen one, please tell me about it and where. Photo taken by Nigel.

All Lined Up: Camellia Hedge. We pass this very tidily clipped low hedge when we walk into town from home. In late autumn it was flowering beautifully when there was little else in bloom. What a stunner!

Speargrass Inn: Garden

Photos from the garden that surrounds Speargrass Inn at Fruitlands, Central Otago. We arrived at the Inn but they were Out (closed for the winter). This post continues Fruitless Fruitlands which included a rustic wagon. The beautiful pine tree below is near the wagon - you can partially see it in some photos. The pine... Continue Reading →

Bossy Bovines in Oklahoma USA

Dairy Living. For most of us dairy living is a trip to the supermarket to take a few bottles of milk off the shelf. We struggle home with the weight and thankfully deposit it in the fridge. Done! What do we know of the cows that eat the grass and produce the milk? Of the... Continue Reading →

Mysterious Medlar

The medlar is a strange tree with a few uncomplimentary common names that aren't fit to publish on this blog. I like the name 'medlar' though, sounds old like the dodo. The flowers are pretty, the fruits are, er ... interesting (they give rise to the aforesaid uncomplimentary common names). The fruits need to be... Continue Reading →

Screening When Its Sunny

Its autumn in New Zealand and we were treated to a rare show on Tuesday afternoon, rare because we haven't seen much sun in Gore lately. Nigel and I decided to walk into town, our route taking us past a long cypress hedge that's very trim and tidy (it had a serious hedge-trimming a few... Continue Reading →

Spring Blossom in Douglas Manor, NYC

Beautiful spring blossom from New York! No, I'm not travelling (oh, I wish I was) but these photos are from a fabulous blog-post that came through on Sunday, 13 May NZ-time and I requested permission to share them here so that you'd get to see them too. If you're into architecture, specifically historic Arts and... Continue Reading →

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