Church and Holly

On a recent local walk, I stopped by this Presbyterian church and spent a little while there taking photos. I moved on around the corner and, still on the church property, found a very pretty holly bush with bright berries and variegated foliage. Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand. Photos taken 06 May 2021. I wondered... Continue Reading →

Mystery Trees at Gore

So, one day we were in Gore (Southland) and I was in the car waiting for Nigel. I suddenly realised the little trees I could see in front of me were really interesting so I hopped out and started taking photos with my cellphone camera. This was at the brightest time of day so I've... Continue Reading →

Lighting The Way

When we visited Maple Glen Garden on Nov 17, these plants added a glow to the garden. Laburnum and variegated irises putting on a show. Along with colourful azaleas and rhododendrons, plants were filling the garden with light and colour. Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland, New Zealand. Photos by Liz and Nigel. Laburnum Photos 1... Continue Reading →

Variegated Cabbage Trees

Yesterday in Queens Park, Invercargill we walked to 'The Stumpery' along a path from the main gardens and found these beautiful variegated cabbage trees lighting up the late winter landscape. Cabbage trees are native to NZ with the usual form having green leaves. These are probably Cordyline australis 'Albertii', a stunning variegated form with a... Continue Reading →

Winter Cheer

Yesterday we made an afternoon trip to Invercargill and spent some time at Queens Park. Winter has arrived and it's been wet and cold for days on end - grey cloud, drizzle and rain. It felt wonderful to get out of the car for a walk in the park and find that even in winter... Continue Reading →

Green and Cream

This shrub is in Queens Park, Invercargill not far from the Eye Tree that I've posted about recently. The foliage has really eye-catching colours! Two shades of green and a creamy white. This is a cultivar of a native New Zealand species, Griselinia littoralis. Photos taken by Liz Mar 02, 2019. Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand... Continue Reading →

Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’

After regularly visiting the Dunedin Botanic Garden (NZ) I think this has to be one of my very favourite plants and what a great name! I've only done the briefest of research but it appears to have originated at Heronswood, Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) in 1993 and is said to have "resulted from a chance cross... Continue Reading →

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