Seaview Sunset

Very keen to show you this beautiful rhododendron that we photographed at our wonderful local plant nursery in Tapanui when we visited on Saturday 19 October. The colour of the blooms is sensational! Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Rhodo Seaview Sunset Available at Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui. From the sign it appears... Continue Reading →

Six on Saturday: Slimming and Trimming

About ten days ago we moved from our rented house into a cottage that we now own in the small rural town of Tapanui, Clutha District, South Island, New Zealand. Exciting move for us as we haven't owned for a while now. (Note: In NZ it is currently autumn) One. I soon found the washing... Continue Reading →

Walnut and Washing

Soon after moving to a new place, issues tend to arise that require problem-solving. After cleaning up the washing machine that came with the house it's gone well apart from a minor hose leak. With relief I got the first lot of laundry out to the washing line. All good. But there was little sun... Continue Reading →

Taken to a New Level

The owner-chef of Riverstone Kitchen, Bevan Smith, is said to call the gardens "the engine room" of his award-winning restaurant in an Otago Daily Times article from 19 March 2017. The article makes an interesting read as it's mainly an interview with two gardeners who grow the produce and supply the kitchen. The gardens have... Continue Reading →

Colour My Community: Part One

A passionate group of people in South Invercargill have been working hard over the last few years planning, designing, fundraising and project managing a community hub to bring life and vitality to a tired, dreary part of town that I've never previously wanted to stop at or visit. That's changed! On the morning of Saturday... Continue Reading →

2018 Is A New Canvas

After me taking such a long break from blogging you probably all thought I'd never come back! Judging from the number of followers it looks like you've had the faith to stick around and I thank you so much for that.  The WordPress community has been very, very good to me and I've missed you... Continue Reading →

Raised vege beds and caged cherry trees at Riverstone Kitchen, north of Oamaru. Taken by Nigel 09 Dec 2017. North Otago, New Zealand

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

Come with me, to Hereweka

I invite you to come with me to Hereweka Garden on Otago Peninsula, not far from Dunedin. This is the home garden of Peter Cooke and Anna Moore. We visited on Sunday, a beautiful summer's day in spring. It was fine, sunny, hot and bright. Perfect day to be exploring one of the best gardens... Continue Reading →

Sundews at the Propagation Facility, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 15 October, 2017

Propagation Facility: Foliage

Foliage photos from our visit to the Propagation Facility open day at Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday. Dunedin, New Zealand Beautiful shape and texture to these leaves. Photo by Nigel Bright leaves and interesting shapes I was once given a plant of this. The leaves are red on the underside Lovely colour, pattern and shape... Continue Reading →

Propagation Facility: Odd Plants

While wandering around the Propagation Facility at Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday I came across some quite odd-looking plants. I'll share a few of them with you... Above photo: Rhipsalis teres. It is an epiphytic cacti from South America. This info kindly provided to me by the Propagation Services Officer via email. above and below:... Continue Reading →

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