Willow, Wicker and Weaving

Riverstone Kitchen has extensive beautiful and functional gardens surrounding the restaurant, retail buildings and carpark. Nigel gave me free rein on the photos he took so despite losing mine in yesterday's laptop disaster I can still share some of the experience. This post continues my previous post Dot's Dream Castle so you can find more... Continue Reading →


Monkey Puzzle at Invermay

I've shared one photo of this monkey puzzle tree with you already, and now I'd like to devote a post just to this one tree. Its the best specimen that I've yet come across and I was pretty excited to find it! Taken at Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand on Sun 26 Nov... Continue Reading →

Appreciating Trees

Following on from yesterdays Bountiful Blossom post, I want to share with you some other beautiful trees that were nearby. Invermay Agricultural Research Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photos taken Sun 26 Nov 2017. This Horse Chestnut tree is looking beautiful with its lovely display of candle flowers. It also provides a nice pool of shade... Continue Reading →

Golden Showers

Laburnum Tunnel at Larnach Castle Garden, Otago Peninsula (near Dunedin), New Zealand  |  Sat 25 November 2017 Click on the photo to enlarge. The Larnach Castle Laburnum Tunnel, photographed during our visit on Saturday. We were anxious not to miss seeing it in bloom! Above, you can see a couple walking down the slope through... Continue Reading →

Celebrating Colour

Spontaneous sharing and celebration of colour. Enjoy! This photo is from the Mere Colours post published by Joanne Koo of Singapore yesterday on her blog Pot Gardening. She took this photo while at an exhibition called For Better Endings, New Beginnings, an art exhibition by Yellow Ribbon Project that was held at the Singapore Art... Continue Reading →

A Walk on the Wild Side at Hereweka

After leaving the flower and vegetable gardens we headed into the Gondwanaland wilderness area. [Note: this post continues yesterday's exploration of Hereweka Gardens, Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand. Garden visited Sunday 29 Oct 2017] Native tree ferns are bursting into growth and their graceful fronds create beautiful effects   Photo (above) shows a nikau palm... Continue Reading →

Stealing the Show

Ellen Jennings, Passing By Photo, took this AMAZING photo of a Roseate Spoonbill having a bath in a shallow pond, coastal South Carolina, USA. Click on the photo to see a larger-size version. To me this spoonbill is a star performer taking centre stage... what a beautiful vision in fluffy pink, reflected in the water!... Continue Reading →

Horse Chestnut Tree: Spring Beauty

On Sunday we spent some time at the Dunedin Botanic Garden looking around the deciduous trees. We admired the enormous Horse Chestnut tree (Aesculus hippocastanum). Strong branches reaching toward the sky. Lighter branches paying homage to the earth. Shadow patterns (1) Shadow patterns (2) Shadow patterns (3) Long branches reaching out. Leafy branches reaching toward... Continue Reading →

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