Horse Chestnut flower (Aesculus hippocastanum 'Baumannii'), Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken 26 Nov 2017

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Waxing Wisterical

I keep driving past this old ruined farmhouse near Milton in South Otago, New Zealand.  Early this month I was able to stop and take a look. With the wisteria in bloom, it really does draw one in to an earlier time. The people are gone The plant is still there The plant is the... Continue Reading →

Saturated Colour

We visited Larnach Castle recently in very claggy conditions expecting to just run from carpark to cafe but were immediately arrested by the light green layering of the wedding cake trees, and held spellbound by an extremely fragrant Rhododendron. But what really struck us was how rich the colours were; succulent mauves, subtle - but... Continue Reading →

Red valerian (Centranthus ruber) and thyme growing wild at Cromwell Gorge, Central Otago, New Zealand. Taken yesterday, 19 Oct 2017 on a sunny, hot afternoon during a business trip

Ephemeral but beautiful, only flowering for a few days, so all the more worthwhile. White cherry blossom. Moray Place, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Garrya elliptica or Coast silk tassel at Milton, Otago, NZ; 21 Aug 2017. Native (endemic) to the coastal counties of California from Ventura County to southwestern Oregon. Winter flowering shrub or tree. The male plant is the most showy with long catkins.

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