On The Verge

Colours of weeds on the road verge alongside the East Roxburgh to Millers Flat road. We stopped twice along the road. At the first stop I also took the Dill Dill Dill photos featured in a recent post. Central Otago, New Zealand. Pics taken 23 January 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and... Continue Reading →

Snail Vine

Snail Vine! Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. I took these in the Tropical House of the Winter Garden Glasshouse on 26 December 2020.

Purple and Gold

I love to witness the appearance of this beautiful flower in the Spring. Pulsatilla or pasque flower. According to Wikipedia: 'Derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, "pasakh", the common name pasque flower, refers to the Easter (Passover) flowering period, in the spring.' New Zealand springtime is nowhere near Easter so not very relatable for... Continue Reading →

NZs Iconic Flax

New Zealand flax is everywhere in NZ. If you visit here hoping to see flax you won't be disappointed - it's along roadsides, by the beach, along driveways, on mountain sides, perched on cliffs, on the edges of swamps, in public parks and in home gardens. Driving in rural areas you'll likely see green flax... Continue Reading →

Purple Passion

These purple penstemon flowers grabbed our attention when we were looking around Dunedin Botanic Garden on 08 December 2019. They were at one end of a big long herbaceous border. Dunedin, New Zealand. First photo by Nigel, second by Liz. The herbaceous border is opposite the lovely colour beds (with a wide path between). Text... Continue Reading →

Chocolate Factory, Dunedin NZ

The Dunedin chocolate factory closed (sigh) but the tank remains. We’ll gain a brand new hospital on this site, resolving the long-running and contentious location issue. Liz, 29 Dec 2019. New Zealand.

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 →

Little Libraries

This tiny library is at Macandrew Bay on the Otago Peninsula, near Dunedin, New Zealand. The locality is special, a small community right by the Otago Harbour. Handy to the city but separate, and not too far out on the Peninsula. We went there Jan 18 in search of their library (which we found) but... Continue Reading →

Maple Glen, Yellow and Mauve

At Maple Glen on 26 January we immensely enjoyed this part of the extensive gardens. The Centaurea macrocephala was a star at the time of our visit (along with the magnificent dahlias that I've already posted about). The yellow, purple and mauve colours made a very favourable impression on me. Maple Glen Gardens at Glenham,... Continue Reading →

Playing The Field

Balloons and tinsel in a working farm paddock? This is the sight we saw while heading out from Gore yesterday and I couldn't believe my eyes! This farm field looks like Party Central but I'm sure the intent is to scare off the birds.. an innovative strategy! A new sight to us - we haven't... Continue Reading →

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