Selliera radicans aka 'bonking grass' on clifftop (NZ native). Fortrose, Southland, New Zealand.
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 →
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.
Bracket fungus and dense sprinkling of white spores. Native bush track, Black Gully, Blue Mountains. Tapanui, New Zealand. Found and photographed by Nigel 14 Feb 2021.
These past-their-best late summer flowers still looked beautiful to me. I photographed them at Maple Glen Garden, Glenham, Southland. New Zealand on 31 January 2021.
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 →
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 →
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 →
This south coast beach just south of Brighton near Dunedin / New Zealand gets golden sand sprinkled in patches, randomly over the mostly white sand. It's a very pretty effect. When we visited on Christmas morning there was way less gold sand than when we'd visited a few weeks before but I found a nice... Continue Reading →
These photos of New Zealand flora were all taken by me at Dunedin Botanic Garden on 09 Dec 2020, in the native plant collection. This is my Christmas blog-post, like a Christmas card. Thank you for visiting and to those who've been with me for longer - I value your return visits. To the regulars... Continue Reading →
When we enjoyed the surprise view of the yellow-flowered Southern Rata on 09 December 2020, there was another surprise for us - we saw a White Rata as well! This is Bartlett's rata, (Metrosideros bartlettii). According to the curator of the native plant collection, this is an extremely rare species from Northland. Dunedin Botanic Garden,... Continue Reading →