Good Friday, Autumn

As I write, it is Good Friday in New Zealand. In fact, it's a good Good Friday! My first photo, of a colourful maple, was taken just over the road from where we live this morning. The day started off so quiet, with no traffic or trucks going past our cottage as would happen at... Continue Reading →

Forum Cafe

Forum Cafe is in the town of Milton, a busy working town with the main highway running through the centre of town and lots of big trucks travelling through. Happily Milton has a lovely cafe with friendly staff and walls covered in bright murals. We've taken to breaking our journey there when going to Dunedin... Continue Reading →

Whau

Dunedin Botanic Garden has a whau tree in a sheltered spot in their Native Collection. I took these photos on 04 April. The mature leaves are soft in texture and the same size as my hand, and the tree has very spiny seed capsules. Entelea arborescens or cork tree. New Zealand. 'Wh' is an 'f'... Continue Reading →

Struck Gold!

Happy to get this shot of a honeybee visiting a kōwhai flower at Dunedin Botanic Garden today in the native collection. I saw a bee enter a flower (and completely disappear up into the flower), got my camera focused and waited for it to back out again 😀 Part of a string of old seed... Continue Reading →

Painting the Town RED

These are photos I took yesterday in Clyde during our afternoon trip into Central Otago. At long last I've learned the difference between Virginia Creeper and Boston Ivy! From what I've read I understand this to be Virginia Creeper. New Zealand. ~ Great page on Virginia Creeper here from University of Wisconsin - Madison ~... Continue Reading →

Pink Eucalyptus

This pink blossom was a stunning sight as we walked up Braids Hill to the beach access walking path. I've noticed it before from the car while driving past and relished the opportunity to now spend time there and take photos, as did Nigel. Wonderful too, to see pink blossom in autumn! Ocean View, Dunedin,... Continue Reading →

Colonel Welch

I took this pic with my cellphone on 24 March in Dunedin Botanic Garden, not realising that a label with the plant name is visible above the water.. that's a bonus! Nymphaea 'Colonel A.J. Welch' and I found a NZ website with info about it: "While not the most profuse bloomer, the Colonel is probably... Continue Reading →

St Matthew’s | Plants

Plants outside St Matthew's Church, Dunedin. 15 March. New Zealand. 1. Yew tree ~red berry 2. Native Veronica (Hebe) ~blue-mauve 3. Native Brachyglottis ~yellow 4. Native Astelia berries ~orange5. Native lancewood and astelia outside the tower6. Surprise! ~a pair of lancewoods behind a pair of large yews Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and... Continue Reading →

Nicotiana sylvestris

These are eye-catching flowers and I'm always excited to find them! I took the photos yesterday at Dunedin Botanic Garden. While double-checking their name I found a very helpful info page from North Carolina State -Extension. The plant comes from Argentina; two common names are 'White Tobacco' and 'White Shooting Stars'. I hadn't heard of... Continue Reading →

Red Revs Things Up

Red's a favourite colour for many people and it's long been a favourite of mine. These photos feature the colour red and are nearly all from Dunedin Botanic Garden, 18 January 2022 i.e. mid-summer in NZ. There's one exception from Auckland, a beautiful photo I came across via Twitter and have permission to use here.... Continue Reading →

Revelation

Gunnera leaves in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. 18 Jan 2022. "Light has come into the world" John 3:19

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