Dockweed

Dock, dockweed, dock weed. Common weed but has its own beauty. These photos were taken on a roadside verge near Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand on 23 January 2021. The first two photos show the nursery web of a nursery web spider. The last photo is another dock plant altogether. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Windy Day Tussock

These red tussocks were getting blown around by very gusty wind when I visited Orepuki in Southland on 09 January 2021. They look especially soft and fluffy when in flower. New Zealand. Chionochloa rubra subsp. cuprea. Click on any photo to enlarge. Native flax in the background, also very windblown! Text and photos by Liz;... Continue Reading →

Festive in Dunedin

Christmas Day in Dunedin offered a fine morning and then the weather deteriorated in the afternoon. Fortunately we headed out to the beach early and got to visit the Botanic Gardens before wet weather came in. Last night we attended a beautiful Christmas Eve service at Knox Church with lots of candles and music and... 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 →

Lambs Ears

Lambs-Ears or Stachys byzantina is a cute plant that most of you will already be familiar with. It has silver furry foliage and is widely grown in gardens. I took these photos on 08 December 2020 in the Dunedin Botanic Gardens. It was flowering and being visited by bumblebees. New Zealand. Click on any photo... Continue Reading →

Christmas In The Park

Not long after midday we popped into Gore Gardens to look at flowers and found it's the day for the Santa Parade which finished at the gardens so it was unexpectedly busy! We found some lovely flowers and I also enjoyed the happy hubbub of many families coming together to enjoy Christmas fun with the... Continue Reading →

Summer Fruit

Cherries, apricots and tomatoes bought today from the Big Cherry orchard in Roxburgh. The cherries are way more delicious than I expected for this early in the season, a variety called 'samba'. Central Otago, New Zealand. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)

Kangaroo Paw

Yesterday at the Dunedin Botanic Gardens we managed to include the Australian garden in our wandering; to my delight the kangaroo paw plants had flower heads in the early stages of blooming. Kangaroo paw flowers (Anigozanthos species and hybrids) are some of my favourites! The first two images are cropped from photos taken by Nigel,... Continue Reading →

Swirling Seaweed

Kelp swirling in the tide at a beach just south of Brighton, Dunedin, New Zealand.Photos taken yesterday afternoon, by Nigel. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text by Liz, photos by Nigel; Exploring Colour (2020)

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 →

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