Cool Blues and Hot Pink

Four lovely images remaining, all are flowers and I have three blues and one pink. The pink easily holds it own - this is no passive pink! Thanks to the photographers for granting permission to use their photos. ** Click on photo to enlarge ** Texas bluebonnets, Lupinus texensis. Taken by Steven Schwartzman (Austin, Texas,... Continue Reading →

Garden Elements at Larnach

The Laburnum Tunnel at Larnach wasn't the only thing that caught our attention on Saturday. Here are some other photos from the same visit that I'd like to share with you... These young Wedding Cake Trees are right by the carpark. It was late afternoon when we left and the sun was very bright. Much... Continue Reading →

Golden Showers

Laburnum Tunnel at Larnach Castle Garden, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin), New Zealand  |  Sat 25 November 2017 Click on the photo to enlarge. The Larnach Castle Laburnum Tunnel, photographed during our visit on Saturday. We were anxious not to miss seeing it in bloom! Above, you can see a couple walking down the slope through... Continue Reading →

Kakabeak (Clianthus puniceus albus)

Yesterday afternoon (Sunday 22 October) we visited Larnach Castle Garden for afternoon tea and also had a quick look around the garden, despite the wet weather. I didn't have my cellphone but asked Nigel to take photos of the white kakabeak which was laden with flowers and blooming immediately above blue Lithodora. They complemented each... Continue Reading →

Garden Blues

Here are some photos of 'blue' that I've encountered while visiting the Dunedin Botanic Garden and Larnach Castle Garden this year (Dunedin, New Zealand). One plant featured here is native to NZ - the Chatham Island Forget-Me-Not. Lithodora growing in the rock garden, Dunedin Botanic Garden. I glanced across the bridge (below) and saw it... Continue Reading →

Scleranthus biflorus (native cushion plant) growing on rock retaining wall at Larnach Castle Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand

Purple at Larnach

When we were at Larnach Sun 27 Aug, I took quite a few shots of plants that had purple characteristics so thought I'd bundle them together into this Purple post. I wasn't deliberately seeking native NZ plants but all of these are. Larnach Castle Garden, Dunedin, New Zealand. I really liked this shrubby plant and... Continue Reading →

Yellow Glow at Larnach

These lovely yellow flowers caught my attention on recent visits to Larnach and I like the fresh green foliage too. I've now had a response from Larnach to my email requesting ID for this plant. Fiona Eadie, Head Gardener, has advised me that it is Bulbinella setosa (from South Africa). Larnach Castle Garden, Dunedin, New... Continue Reading →

Little Cat and Big Cats

Cheshire Cat and Lions at Larnach Castle, Dunedin, New Zealand. I was delighted to renew my acquaintance with the Cheshire Cat. We've missed seeing it on numerous visits due to the failure to look UP !! Introducing the Cheshire Cat ...   Beautiful lichen-covered lion   Castle entrance. Lions in front, eagles behind Larnach Castle... Continue Reading →

Can I have this Dance?

Twirling trees... this is the path that leads from the carpark at Larnach Castle to the Castle itself. We were there on Sunday afternoon and I was charmed by the tiered Cornus trees. To my fanciful mind they seemed to be twirling in spring delight. Whirling dervishes perhaps?! The carpet of snowdrops is still beautiful... Continue Reading →

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