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

Magnificent Mahonia

This Mahonia looked glorious when we visited Queens Park in Invercargill, Southland on Wed 11 May. I don't remember noticing before that yellow flowers and blue berries appear in same bunches at the same time. I think individual flower stems must fall downward after pollination and then form berries ~just judging from what appeared to... Continue Reading →

Great Looking

Amazon Lily, Eucharis grandiflora. Gorgeous! And fragrant. In the conservatory at Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. Yesterday, 11 May. New Zealand. The pots were on the wet floor and the flowers droop down so I had to get a knee on the floor to be low enough to take the first photo with a view into... Continue Reading →

Unreal and Real

Autumn in Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland. Brightness by the cafe; Some roses still bloom; Magnificent Mahonia; Anthurium in the Conservatory. Taken today, 11 May. New Zealand.

Malus trilobata

Yesterday I shared how I solved the name of this tree we found on Saturday in a public park in Gore. Here's the photos I took while we were looking at it, I hope you get a sense of our joy and wonder at finding this beautiful tree that, at the time, was a mystery... Continue Reading →

Solved on Sunday

A mystery from yesterday afternoon solved today, thanks to a knowledgeable twitter contact. We were having a wonderful wander in a big open public park in Gore when we came upon a tree with colourful lobed foliage and smooth, small, ball-like greeny-yellow fruits. Lots of the fruit 'balls' had dropped to the ground - thousands... Continue Reading →

Geranium ‘Rozanne’

My favourite geranium flower, Rozanne, is so beautiful! To date she's never inhabited a garden of mine but I've admired her at garden centres. This afternoon I was delighted to find her beautiful blooms adorning a traffic island in Gore.. I was able to photograph them from the pedestrian crossing. Gore, Southland, New Zealand. ~Auckland... Continue Reading →

Fading Away, Fabulously

When we popped in to Bannerman Park on 18 April we had a look in the area of the hosta collection and I was delighted by the lovely colours displayed by some plants as their foliage fades away in this current autumn season. Way to go! Gore, Southland, New Zealand. Click on any photo to... Continue Reading →

Pink Sorbus Berries

I photographed these beautiful berries at Gore Cemetery on 18 April. After checking online I believe the tree is Sorbus hupehensis or Chinese rowan. Gore is in Southland, New Zealand. For more plant info, see this blogpost by a fellow NZer. In the same cemetery there's also a Sorbus with white berries that I posted... Continue Reading →

Imperial Camel Corps

We had a wander through Gore Cemetery on 18 April, it's a nicely 'tree'ed cemetery with amazing views to the Hokonui hills and out over the plain. When we reached a section where military veterans lie, I was amazed to find an inscription for a WW1 Trooper in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who'd been... Continue Reading →

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