Rock Daisy

Marlborough rock daisies are endemic and naturally found in .. Marlborough! They grow on steep rocky or stony sites and are highly resistant to summer drought; the region gets very hot in summer. There are three species of which Pachystegia insignis has the greatest natural range, and it's also very common as a garden plant... Continue Reading →

Fading Beauty

I'm constantly inspired by the work of a myriad of different writers, photographers, artists, tweeters, and the folk who view and comment. This post is nothing to do with me apart from acting as curator.. Fading Beauty. Credits: Leaf skeleton images.. via twitter, from incidental naturalist @IncNaturalist. I was delighted to find David has an... Continue Reading →

Grasp the Alligator

A fancy fountain from Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand dating back to 1890 when it was "Erected and presented to the citizens of Dunedin by Wolf Harris Esq", not here but at Queens Gardens in the city. It was removed after WW1 in favour of the Cenotaph, then stored until it was resurrected for the... Continue Reading →

Bubbles and Leaves

Bubbles because this was our first day at Covid alert level 2, for those of us who live outside of the Auckland region. We're now free to break out of our household bubbles! Thing was though, despite it now being spring we had snow overnight and this morning... so I stayed inside; it was freezing... Continue Reading →

Getting To Zero

Thought I'd update y'all on how our lockdown's progressing, in case you're interested. The whole country has been in lockdown for two weeks at Level 4. That's our highest level, where we stay home in our 'bubbles' unless we're essential workers. You may recall we locked down at midnight on the same day the first... Continue Reading →

Waiting for Ida

I don't know how many of you have links with Louisiana but I hope and pray that the people and places in Hurricane Ida's path can weather the storm. Being a far distant observer I know little about what lies in her path but I've searched online and scanned for links on twitter, and I'll... Continue Reading →

Red Delicious

I spied this gorgeous rose hip in Dunedin Botanic Garden, late autumn. Looking closely at the hip while photo-editing, it reminded me of a 'Red Delicious' apple ~which we're probably all familiar with. The deep, dark red, and a few spots. The whole bush was lovely and colourful. The real name of the rose is... Continue Reading →

Autumn Rosehip

The birds they sangAt the break of dayStart againI heard them sayDon't dwell on what has passed awayOr what is yet to be ... ~Leonard Cohen's 'Anthem', first verse I felt like sharing this verse and a rose hip I photographed at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 19 May, New Zealand. For anyone who's interested our... Continue Reading →

Only Takes One

In New Zealand it only takes ONE case of Covid-19 in the community (as opposed to a quarantine facility) to send us all straight into Level 4 Lockdown. All cases bar one that've turned up in quarantine since June have been the Delta variant so today's Covid case is being treated as though it's Delta.... Continue Reading →

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