Pretty Pine

We saw this pine tree with nice foliage and lovely cones alongside the Commissioners Track that we walked yesterday at Roxburgh East, Central Otago. There's a few different conifer species that've been planted in the vicinity and it was interesting to see them; there were more conifer species at the top-end of the track as... Continue Reading →

Berries, Rose Hips, me!

Cotoneaster berries and me taking photos of rose hips.. these pics were all taken by Nigel when we were at Lake Roxburgh Village looking around a semi-wild public park on 03 March, i.e. early autumn. Central Otago, New Zealand. These are the last photos from that visit but we've been over that way again today... Continue Reading →

Bright Nature

Bright rose hips are a lovely feature of Central Otago in autumn and winter. When we visited the semi-wild park at Lake Roxburgh village on 03 March 2022 there were lots of brightly coloured rose hips and it was fantastic to see them! Roses grow wild over much of Central Otago so these bright spots... Continue Reading →

Berries Rock

In my last post Conical I showed two photos with berries visible in the shots and today I thought I'd show you photos in which, this time, the berries are the subject. They were adding welcome brightness to the scene, fruits of a large sprawling Cotoneaster that'd spread over a wide expanse of rock. Photos... Continue Reading →

Conical

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 →

Take A Bough

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.

Both Sides

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 →

Old World Charm

"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 →

Lomatia

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 →

Various Villains

On 16 June 2022 we visited the Winter House at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand ~ I've rounded up a few characters for you to meet. Three photos are from the Cacti Collection where I was fascinated by the little 'family' groups of cactus. I spent time with these and then in the next section,... Continue Reading →

Canary Island Strawberry Tree

Love these gorgeous orange 'strawberry' fruit on Arbutus canariensis in Dunedin Botanic Garden, beside a path in the rock garden. We were there on 07 May 2022, autumn here in New Zealand. The tree itself is very pretty with nice foliage and a lovely pale tree trunk. I found an article about the botanic garden... Continue Reading →

Bright Red

These photos were taken in autumn on 07 May 2022 in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Here's a small selection of plants that feature some bright red in their autumn appearance. First up is Fascicularia bicolor, the hardiest bromeliad in the world! When a rosette of leaves is about to flower the central part of... Continue Reading →

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