More Pokers

Line of red hot pokers (Kniphofia sp.) in Southland, New Zealand. 21 Feb 2021. Roadside verge by farm fence.

Late Summer

These past-their-best late summer flowers still looked beautiful to me. I photographed them at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand on 31 January 2021.

Two’s Company

And three's a crowd. A red damselfly pair who were 'company' appeared none-too-pleased when more males turned up. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand. 31 Jan 2021. Click on any photo to enlarge (various sizes). By The Pond They flared their wings and body if another male came near. Didn't get much peace either... Continue Reading →

Have A Heart

This lovely photo grabbed my attention on Twitter yesterday. I retweeted it and then thought I'd like to share it on my blog. The photographer (Norfolk, UK) was very kind and also sent me another version. Below is the original phone image I saw on Twitter followed by a more recent camera photo. Click on... Continue Reading →

Warm Breeze

"Whenever you feel a warm breeze brush against you, that's the kiss I blew to you." Bottlebrush flowers. Brightness, warmth and colour for any who need it. I took these photos 09 Dec 2020. Australia collection ~ Dunedin Botanic Garden ~ New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring... Continue Reading →

Merry NZ Christmas

These photos of New Zealand flora were all taken by me at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 Dec 2020, in the native plant collection. This is my Christmas blog-post, like a Christmas card. Thank you for visiting and to those who've been with me for longer - I value your return visits. To the regulars... Continue Reading →

A Merry Christmas Bush Walk

Spur-of-the-moment this morning: I suggested to Nigel that we take a break and explore a bush track that's only a short drive from home. We'd been to the public domain before but had never explored the track. Black Gully, Blue Mountains, West Otago, New Zealand. We just did a small part of the track, it's... Continue Reading →

Erica cerinthoides

When in bloom, this plant from South Africa is a great favourite of mine. Dunedin Botanic Garden has a lovely South African garden and there's two different spots where I know to look for this species. Also known as fire heath. Rather a straggly plant but oh - those flowers! Nigel took the first photo,... Continue Reading →

Striking New Growth

The new growth on this rhododendron looked really striking! I was pretty taken with the colour and texture. It was growing in a fairly casual area that felt a little 'wild' ... in Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. First photo by Nigel, next one by Liz. Taken 24 October 2020. Click on either photo to... Continue Reading →

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