Crazy Pine Needles

As we were leaving Bannerman Park on Sunday afternoon I spotted these odd-looking bunches of pine needles and thought I'd try taking pics looking up at them from below. This is a large pine tree so it has lots of these bunched needles! Gore, Southland. 18 Sept. New Zealand. By the way, I've previously posted... Continue Reading →

R. pachysanthum

My early-Spring report in response to questions on a previous blogpost. Rhododendron pachysanthum is one of a trio of special rhododendrons grouped close together in Bannerman Park, in Gore. This one had gorgeous cinnamon-coloured young foliage at the time, back in summer (16th January). I promised fellow bloggers Ann and Ellen I'd try to return... Continue Reading →

Fuzzy Buds, Beautiful Blooms

Robust buds and blooms on this Magnolia tree in Gore Gardens, 18 September 2022. Very messy form, but magnificent magenta blooms - a real stand-out in the early Spring garden. A real bright spark!

Religious Observance

"Religious observances—I've often thought that's a wonderful word, observance. What's religious about it is that you're observant, you're keeping your ears, eyes and heart open for the presence of God." --Frederick Buechner The quote is from a 2002 article I read very recently in which the late Frederick Buechner was interviewed by Richard A. Kauffman... Continue Reading →

Blue-Green Dragonfly

Today my new (not-new) dragonfly brooch took first flight, coming with me to Invercargill ~a happy find in an Oamaru antique shop, a few months ago. New Zealand.

Rhodo Trio

Lovely trio of contrasting foliage, all three plants are Rhododendrons! Bannerman Park in Gore has an important collection of cool-climate Rhododendrons which is still being expanded.. although I didn't know that until I read it in a local paper a few days ago. These photos were taken by Nigel on the same afternoon as my... Continue Reading →

Odd Bods

Odd-bod plants from Queens Park conservatory in Invercargill, Southland. 1. multi-coloured foliage. 2-3. Anthuriums. 4.Coffea arabica or coffee tree. ~taken 11 May 2022. New Zealand

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