Some Tough Characters in Alexandra

The characters I'm introducing to you today are tough plants. They tough it out in a dry climate that's hot in summer and cold in winter, and most of them you'd be just as likely to call weeds. But I find it interesting how they thrive in such a dry, barren, rocky environment. And when... Continue Reading →


2018 Is A New Canvas

After me taking such a long break from blogging you probably all thought I'd never come back! Judging from the number of followers it looks like you've had the faith to stick around and I thank you so much for that.  The WordPress community has been very, very good to me and I've missed you... Continue Reading →

Raised vege beds and caged cherry trees at Riverstone Kitchen, north of Oamaru. Taken by Nigel 09 Dec 2017. North Otago, New Zealand

Christmas Snow

Christmas in New Zealand is in summer so I've been really enjoying photos posted by those of you overseas who have had early, or even rare, snowfalls. So I've put together a Christmas Snow post to celebrate and share your lovely snow photos that I've enjoyed so much. All photos used with permission. My leading... Continue Reading →

Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →

Dot’s Dream Castle

This story begins with COLOUR. Yesterday, driving home from Kurow, we'd driven through Waitaki Bridge and were on our way to Oamaru. Suddenly in front of us was a big sign for Riverstone Kitchen. My excitement knew no bounds... I'd long wanted to visit this place! Both of these photos were taken from their car... Continue Reading →

Pretty pink and white dogwood flowers at Dunedin Botanic Garden. Cornus species. Taken by Nigel 05 Dec 2017.

Naturally Designed by Nigel

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

Monkey Puzzle at Invermay

I've shared one photo of this monkey puzzle tree with you already, and now I'd like to devote a post just to this one tree. Its the best specimen that I've yet come across and I was pretty excited to find it! Taken at Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand on Sun 26 Nov... Continue Reading →

Appreciating Trees

Following on from yesterdays Bountiful Blossom post, I want to share with you some other beautiful trees that were nearby. Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken Sun 26 Nov 2017. This Horse Chestnut tree is looking beautiful with its lovely display of candle flowers. It also provides a nice pool of shade... Continue Reading →

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