Highway natives – II (grey shrubland)

Returning from a work trip in the Lindis on Saturday, one tiny corner below and much later trundling down Cromwell Gorge the winter forms of the so-called grey-shrubland brought me to a stop. It's good to pause and realise that the grey blur at 100kmh is actually quite a variety, so here we have four... Continue Reading →

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‘New Perspectives on Landscape’ I

This post is part one overviewing the work of five contemporary NZ landscape painters, who provided works for 'New Perspectives on Landscape' which has been touring the South Island, culminating in a final show at eastern southland gallery earlier this month: Fiona Van Oyen Hannah Joynt Sue Pearce Miranda Joseph Robyn Bardas The_Anthropomorphic_Garden - Fiona... Continue Reading →

Highway natives – twiggy tree daisies

Travelling south today through the Cromwell Gorge, near Champagne Creek (map link) Liz said that's an Olearia lineata back there! So we screeched to stop and walked back - there were quite a cluster of these now rare twiggy tree daisies (Asteraceae). They have the divaricating forked branching habit common to many NZ plant families, bluish-green leaves,... Continue Reading →

Naturally Designed by Nigel [Reblog]

It was a real pleasure for me on Wed 6 Dec to accompany Nigel on a trip to Balclutha to visit the new subdivision named Plantation Heights with which he's involved through his company Growplan. Nigel is a Landscape Architect, based in Dunedin and actively working through Otago and Southland, and further afield by arrangement.... Continue Reading →

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

Monkey Puzzle Tree (Araucaria); cone forming. Invermay, Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo taken by Nigel at Invermay Campus, Sun 26 Nov 2017

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

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