You Light Up My Life

Blue poppy (Meconopsis sp.) we grew in our Catlins garden (2014-09-Dec) and a pretty pink poppy in Dunedin Botanic Gardens (2017-05-Dec). New Zealand. Photos by Nigel, edited by Liz.

Gorgeous Gladioli

This beauty is a welcome surprise that I found by the front door a couple of days ago. Photos by Nigel, taken today. (I was holding/steadying the stem!) Click on either photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

We Are The Lifeline

"We are the lifeline if anything goes wrong, so we have an important role to play, and I think people are generally very grateful for what we do," Charmaine says. Aboriginal mums / grand mums who started a fire brigade to protect their area: "There was a sense of helplessness before we came along but... Continue Reading →

Colours of Roses

In Dunedin Botanic Garden on Sunday 08 Dec we enjoyed seeing many different rose blooms on display, and so many different colours! Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken by Nigel (N) and Liz (L). Click on ANY photo to enlarge. N N L The next two photos are of a rose we thought was very special... Continue Reading →

Giving Thanks

Because many Americans are focussed on Thanksgiving this is a simple post of some lilies that I enjoyed seeing on a table in a Roxburgh cafe yesterday. The blooms seemed huge although that aspect doesn't seem obvious in these photos. They were the biggest lily blooms of this type that I remember seeing. I enquired... Continue Reading →

Paulownia tomentosa

Princess tree, empress tree, or foxglove-tree. "The genus, originally Pavlovnia but now usually spelled Paulownia, was named in honour of Queen Anna Pavlovna of The Netherlands (1795–1865), daughter of Tsar Paul I of Russia. It is also called 'princess tree' for the same reason." You can find more information and photos where I found my... Continue Reading →

Bright Petals

These are the last of the tulip photos that we took as we came through Edendale on Saturday 26 October, taken from a side road. The first and last photos show the farthest edge of the huge field, with sheep grazing on the other side of the fence. Edendale, Southland, New Zealand Commercial tulip field... Continue Reading →

Seaview Sunset

Very keen to show you this beautiful rhododendron that we photographed at our wonderful local plant nursery in Tapanui when we visited on Saturday 19 October. The colour of the blooms is sensational! Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Rhodo Seaview Sunset Available at Blue Mountain Nurseries, Tapanui. From the sign it appears... Continue Reading →

Blossom Magic

We returned to Maple Glen on Sunday, a week after our previous visit because I'd noted from a facebook post that the bluebells were due to peak. The effort paid off as the bluebells were gorgeous and the cherry blossom was still in good form. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Visited 13 Oct... Continue Reading →

Pink Magnolias, Maple Glen

More photos of magnolia flowers from our visit to Maple Glen Gardens yesterday. These were all taken by Nigel during our afternoon walk in the gardens. Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. The following three are all from a tree with 'goblet' shaped flowers. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2019)

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