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 →

Wonderland ~02

This is the 'old' end of Wonderland where the Wonderland garden path joins a side path that runs parallel to Oamaru Creek (the creek is down the bank behind me). One of the paths become the Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail ~goes all the way to Aoraki/Mt Cook. An inscription under one of the trees... Continue Reading →

Wonderland ~01

When we arrived in Oamaru and wandered through the public gardens I spotted a moon gate off to the side and was drawn to it. "This part of the gardens known as Wonderland was officially opened by Sir Leonard Wright on October 31st 1959" ~inscription at the top of the gate. I was pretty taken... Continue Reading →

Red Bridge and Berries

This bright red lacquer bridge is in the Oamaru public gardens which we popped into on 13 July. The striking red colour was just the ticket after all the awful weather we'd had in Dunedin the day before. And then the next day when we headed out of Oamaru to return to Dunedin, we saw... Continue Reading →

Oamaru, Views

Oamaru's a town on the east coast of the South Island with a very distinct character, proudly on display in the commercial whitestone buildings of the old 'Victorian Precinct' CBD area, originating from the 1860s to 1880s and mainly comprised of large old grain and seed warehouses along with ludicrously grandiose bank buildings with imposing... Continue Reading →

Rock Garden Maples

Autumn photos of lovely maples displaying their colours in the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand on 07 May 2022. The first two photos are by me and Nigel took the last one.

Lowcountry Dreaming ~2

At Dunedin Botanic Garden on 07 May we wandered around the pond where we found lovely irises in bloom, adding blue accents among the autumn colours presented by other flora. Again I was reminded of the many iris photo posts published by Ted & Ellen Jennings from the Lowcountry in South Carolina. Here's a 2018... Continue Reading →

Oakleaf Hydrangea

I've known ordinary hydrangeas since I was a child but oakleaf hydrangeas were unknown to me till a few years ago. I love them! We found this one in a pocket park near the railway line in Gore on 30 April. In the second pic you can also see the plant, beyond Nigel. Gore, Southland,... Continue Reading →

Flower Friends

This morning we visited Dunedin Botanic Garden and savoured our early autumn view of late summer flowers. The day was bright-overcast and we enjoyed all the beautiful colours. Some plants have got so tall! The 'scale bar' is almost 6'3. New Zealand.

Summer Colours

Colour beds and the long border at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 05 February 2022. Also: the path at one end of the parterres ~featuring topiary, a sundial and a fountain. New Zealand.

Buxus Parterres

Buxus Parterres: mid-summer colour at Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 05 Feb 2022. The parterres and colour beds were looking magnificent! Between the parterres and the public pathway are the colour beds - in this first photo you can see (from right - left) the red, yellow and purple/mauve colour beds. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

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