Off The Scale

Flowers like beacons, blooming bright -- let's explore some COLOUR !!! A favourite quote of mine from the back cover of the book 'Colour By Design' by Nori and Sandra Pope : People talk about toning colour down; I tell them I want it to go right off the scale. -- the late Nori Pope... Continue Reading →

SOLO SAIL

on a ship full of hearts. -- poem by Damien B. Donnelly. My choice of poem started with photos Nigel and I took last Sunday when we were in Clyde and unexpectedly found this lovely plant in flower, love-lies-bleeding -- special as we rarely see it. Isn't it a great name? Tonight browsing through Damien's... Continue Reading →

Pyracantha Colour

Pyracantha are also referred to as 'firethorn'. I imagine each autumn I'm surprised by the first blaze of colour - I don't usually give them much thought! This one grabbed my attention yesterday as I returned from photographing the asters. Just a single plant putting on a dazzling display. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos... Continue Reading →

The First Shall Be Last

I took these photos on my short exercise stroll up the road in the late afternoon. These lovely asters have been stunning although they're a wee bit past their best now and got knocked around by rough weather on Tuesday. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. It was the perfect opportunity for more practice with the... Continue Reading →

Moody Dreams

'Moody Dreams'. Still some nice roses to be found in the Gore Gardens, Southland, New Zealand (it's autumn here in NZ). I asked Nigel to photo this rose for me, taken yesterday afternoon when we had a quick wander through the garden. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

Blue Butterflies of Happiness

I'm indebted to Jane from Australia who this afternoon tweeted these beautiful Blue Tigers and shared briefly on her current situation and how "the bombardment of blue butterflies of happiness lifted my blues" - quoted from Jane's reply when I asked to share some of the photos and her tweet. There's understandably a lot of... Continue Reading →

Raspberry Ice

'Raspberry Ice' is a lovely 1986 rose. This planting is a very small part of the wonderful modern rose garden at Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. Taken by Liz 24 February 2020

Plants As Partners

I've been busy doing a blogpost for Nigel's Growplan blog, based on a great poster he's put together to display at Wanaka A&P Show, Fri/Sat 13-14 March 2020, Site W7. I've taken his work and chatted to him about the underlying concepts, written an introduction and added text to tie it all together ... and... Continue Reading →

Bright Yellow Achillea

When we were in Queens Park, Invercargill on 24 February there were some really bright yellow achillea in bloom making a dazzling display. Southland, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel. Click on any photo to enlarge. Humorous shot of me hurrying to get out of Nigel's way when actually he was trying to take a... Continue Reading →

Eucryphia cordifolia

Common name: Ulmo. I recently showed you one of these blossom-laden trees. These photos were taken the same day and include the one already posted. The tree was an amazing sight at the peak of its bloom. Taken with my cellphone 24 Feb 2020. Eucryphia cordifolia is a rainforest tree from Chile and Argentina. It... Continue Reading →

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