Gracious Homestead

We recently happened upon this beautiful old homestead that dates back to 1906 while aimlessly driving out in the country on a back road. No historic signs or anything, just a privately owned beautiful old house. The owners were lovely and allowed us to have a look at their garden area around the home. Prior... Continue Reading →

Monkey Musk

Can't help loving these yellow flowers even though they're a pest plant in New Zealand. The plant is called Monkey Musk. I took the photos yesterday when we were exploring a rough forestry road out in the country. River Rd, Conical Hill, West Otago. There is more information about the plant HERE. Click on any... Continue Reading →

White Echinacea

We really like to see Echinacea flowers (coneflowers) and these were in Gore Gardens, Southland, New Zealand on 14 Feb 2021. Coneflowers are from North America.

Sizzling Hot

Sizzling hot colour! Dahlia blooms and buds - spectacularly splendid when we visited Maple Glen Garden on 31 January 2021. Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to enlarge. Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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 →

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 →

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.

Prickles and Petals

It so happens that I photographed these cacti in winter (end of June) and again in summer (26 Dec). On the summer visit the long, lanky cactus had produced a beautiful flower! My photos are taken in the Winter Garden Glasshouse, Dunedin Botanic Garden, New Zealand. Their website refers to the cacti and succulents area... Continue Reading →

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