Marlborough Rock Daisy, endemic to New Zealand. Pachystegia insignis RHS and another species LHS. Liz, Christmas Day 2019, Dunedin Botanic Garden.
Very showy native New Zealand daisy from eastern Marlborough (top of the South Island) where it naturally grows in rugged coastal rocky terrain. It has beautiful shiny green leathery leaves that have a light-coloured tormentum underneath like felt. The flower buds are quite a feature and open into daisy flowers. "At present, 3 species are... Continue Reading →
A species of Metrosideros that makes a great show of red flowers, a bit like the more famous pohutukawa, is Metrosideros umbellata but M.umbellata's natural home is down here in the south where it's cool and moist (pohutukawa's natural home is further north where it's hotter and drier). On my recent bottlebrush post Steve Schwartzman... Continue Reading →
Fierce lancewood trees with new growth at the top. Pseudopanax ferox at Dunedin Botanic Garden, endemic to New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel 24 December 2019. Cropped from the above photo (notice the saw-tooth edges) My other recent post about lancewoods Link: for more detailed photos Text by Liz, photos by Nigel. Exploring Colour (2020)
In New Zealand we have some very interesting trees called lancewoods. There's the relatively normal lancewood Pseudopanax crassifolius and the fierce or savage lancewood Pseudopanax ferox (!) Both of them have a different juvenile form to their adult form. The leaves of the juvenile fierce lancewood look pretty fierce being more strongly toothed. We do... Continue Reading →
I've posted my photos of this lovely garden cultivar of Leptospermum scoparium back in Dec 2019 but Nigel also took photos that day and I thought I'd do another post. This tree is in the Roslyn suburb of Dunedin, New Zealand and the view is looking down toward Otago Harbour. Photos taken by Nigel 07... Continue Reading →
This lovely manuka or teatree was flowering in the native area at Dunedin Botanic Garden on Christmas Day 2019. I took these about 3.30pm. Dunedin, New Zealand. This particular manuka is Leptospermum scoparium 'Wiri Amy'. The 'Wiri' signifies that this plant originated from the Leptospermum breeding programme at the Auckland Regional Botanic Gardens, Manurewa. Click... Continue Reading →
Our iconic New Zealand cabbage tree that I've featured multiple times on my blog is Cordyline australis but we have other species of Cordyline and today I'm featuring Cordyline banksii, endemic to NZ. "Cordyline banksii may have a single stem or may branch close to the ground to form a dense clump. The long and... Continue Reading →
Iona Church in Port Chalmers has been on this site in some form since 1871 (Presbyterian), NZ cabbage tree in front. Dunedin, New Zealand.
Tui mural on the wall of a Dunedin carpark in a commercial part of Dunedin City, New Zealand. The tui is a native songbird, endemic to New Zealand. Very assertive bird and flies like a rocket. For more information and photos, Wendy from the North Island has done excellent tui posts: tui feasting on kowhai... Continue Reading →
Tui detail from a mural on a carpark wall in Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo and Title from my OH Nigel Cowburn. Tuis are native songbirds, very territorial, and they fly like rockets!
This post features images taken by Nigel when we visited Horseshoe Bend near Millers Flat in Central Otago, New Zealand. He got some really nice captures. There was so much more than just the historic bridge. Taken 31 Dec 2019. Native flowers. I think this may be manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) rather than kanuka (Kunzea ericoides).... Continue Reading →