Old World Charm

"Hollyhocks provide excellent architectural height, contrast and a certain amount of old world charm to cottage gardens and border backgrounds. Also effective when grown against walls or fences." ~Missouri Botanical Garden [website] Photos taken at Clyde in Central Otago, New Zealand .. 07 Dec 2021. Hollyhock (Alcea rosea) Photos 1 and 2: hollyhock flowering by... Continue Reading →

Every dog has his day

So they say.. and this one was having a 'reindeer' day. From my 2021 files, these photos were taken 24 December. The cute dog was running around with similarly 'dressed' canine companions near Millers Flat, and I took the rural landscape pics the same afternoon as we returned home via Moa Flat. New Zealand. ~... Continue Reading →

Christmas Lily

Fossicking among old photos I found this lily pic from 24 Dec 2019, taken with my old and basic cellphone in Dunedin Botanic Garden. I still love the flower! A search online reveals this flower has a variety of common names but in New Zealand it's known as the Christmas lily. Lilium regale. Other names... Continue Reading →

Autumn Delivery

This Australian tree has the cutest, scented yellow flowers and produces a very neat package of seeds for autumn (judging by this pod which is the first I've seen). Another plant for which I've previously posted flower photos, then revisited on 07 May to see what became of them. This particular tree is just small... Continue Reading →

Only An Onion

Only An Onion.. Allium pskemense. In the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden, 18 Jan 2022. New Zealand. According to the plant label, this onion is from Central Asia.

Flower Friends

This morning we visited Dunedin Botanic Garden and savoured our early autumn view of late summer flowers. The day was bright-overcast and we enjoyed all the beautiful colours. Some plants have got so tall! The 'scale bar' is almost 6'3. New Zealand.

Flower Farm Field

Old flower farm field in Tapanui; the new owner is now reviving the flower farm and my first photo shows newly planted lilies blooming for the first time. The other photos are remnant irises from way back when the old farm was in production. Photos taken by Nigel. West Otago, New Zealand. Iris pics taken... Continue Reading →

Bright As A Button

What a great name! These two pics were taken at Queens Park in Invercargill in the modern rose garden and my title for this post is the real name of the rose. Southland, New Zealand; 25 February. ~The New Zealand Rose Society has a page about it at their website: December - Bright as a... Continue Reading →

Rosa, ‘Erotica’

Rose ‘Erotica’. Bright and beautiful, frilly and flamboyant, cerise pink rose in the modern rose garden at Queens Park. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand. 25 Feb 2022. ~photo by Nigel

Colourful Pelargoniums

Colourful beds of pelargoniums, and the long path as we walk back to our motel. The solid-pink pelargonium beds in photos 1 and 3 are set in a huge circular lawn with a band rotunda in the centre. Queens Park, Invercargill, Southland on 25 February. New Zealand. Text and photos 1,2,4 by Liz, photo 3... Continue Reading →

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