Gazania Gazing

Following on from yesterday's single-image post .. more gazanias! Photos taken at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand on 26 January 2021. I couldn't take my eyes off these bright beauties! Three large rectangular beds of gazanias lined up across the lawn. The first pic shows a gazania that appeared to be a one-off... Continue Reading →

Southern Spring

Southern rhododendron / azalea colour for you, from Invercargill in Southland, New Zealand (bottom end of the South Island). We were there 17 Oct 2020, these photos are from two different parks/gardens. Click on any photo to enlarge. First up is this bright beauty from Queens Park, the big public park/gardens in the central city... Continue Reading →

White Kakabeak

Our native Clianthus puniceus has red flowers and there's also a white form Clianthus puniceus albus. We found a lovely bush of the white form at Anderson Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. I've done past posts on Clianthus ... White Kakabeak at Larnach Castle Garden... Continue Reading →

My Cathedral

Kiss of the sun for pardon. Song of the birds for mirth. You’re closer to God’s heart in a garden than any place else on earth. – Dorothy Frances Gurney When I was a kid my older brother, already married/in his own home, would sometimes play My Cathedral /Jim Reeves on a Sunday morning. YouTube:... Continue Reading →

Little Lemon Rose

Found this gorgeous early rose loaded with cute little lemon-coloured blooms in the Jessie Calder Garden (old roses), Queens Park, Invercargill on 17 October 2020. This was the only rose making an impact, others had barely started. Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

We Can Do This, Again

Community transmission has raised its ugly head and New Zealand no longer enjoys Level 1 freedom. Auckland has gone to Level 3 and the rest of the country is now Level 2 - for the next 12 days anyway. I've seen absolute nonsense written about our situation here. Don't believe trash reports about our fascist... Continue Reading →

Winter Colours

We needed to go to Invercargill this afternoon so I could return some library books. Cold, grey, wet day. We didn't have anything else planned so I suggested to Nigel we visit a homeware / home furnishings shop to check what they stock. The best thing about the visit was being confronted with lots of... Continue Reading →

NZ-Irish Connections

We have a lot in common you know, New Zealand and the Irish. Each year the Skytower in Auckland is lit green for St Patricks Day and people dress green in honour of the occasion. We have a good many 'Irish Pubs' as well.. I've no idea how authentic they are but they get the... Continue Reading →

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