Just a hamlet

Jane Dougherty tweeted these words as micropoetry this morning and they really struck a chord with me, and especially this part: "... all along the horizon the hills strode, ..." Here's the full text of the tweet ... It wasn’t a village, just a hamlet of five houses and two farms, a high place of... Continue Reading →

NZs Iconic Flax

New Zealand flax is everywhere in NZ. If you visit here hoping to see flax you won't be disappointed - it's along roadsides, by the beach, along driveways, on mountain sides, perched on cliffs, on the edges of swamps, in public parks and in home gardens. Driving in rural areas you'll likely see green flax... Continue Reading →

Just The Right Green

On Sunday Nigel took himself and his green brolly off to Hawthorn Den at Waikaka to attend a fete. Waikaka is not far distant from home, between where we live in Tapanui and Gore. The green brolly is no ordinary umbrella, a lucky find for Nigel a year ago. It's huge and the shade of... Continue Reading →

Grevillea Ground-Cover

Grevillea sp. Beautiful ground-cover in the Australian area at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Distinctive 'toothbrush' flowers. Liz, 25 Dec 2019.

Going Green

Nigel pulled into the BP fuel station on the outskirts of Invercargill before we headed home yesterday and this eye-catching very green Holden ute was already parked on the forecourt. It turns out the proud owner of the vehicle is a champion table tennis player hence the number plate TT GIRL. She started playing table... Continue Reading →

Near Roxburgh

These are the last photos from our trip into Central Otago on 27 Nov 2019. Coming through Roxburgh Nigel took photos of this interesting birch tree (trees?) by the road, the canopy covering a lot of ground. Betula pendula. Then driving through the Teviot Valley I spotted words on a hillside in white letters -... Continue Reading →

Lophomyrtus bullata

The scientific name is a bit of a mouthful but this is a pretty and unusual shrub that's endemic to New Zealand, and grows to 8m. It has really interesting leaves that have a blistered appearance - so unusual that you feel drawn to touch a leaf to see what the surface feels like. The... Continue Reading →

Titan Arum, Vegetative State

At the Dunedin Botanic Gardens yesterday we visited the newly refurbished Winter Gardens and they're looking fantastic. To our amazement we became re-acquainted with our old friend the Titan Arum (which flowered just in time for us to see the enormous flower before we moved away from Dunedin in 2018). We were checking out an... Continue Reading →

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