Plant Life

Festive flowerings

Festive flowerings

It can be hard to predict whether you'll need a sun or a rain umbrella at Christmas time in Dunedin.

See the world in a stroll

See the world in a stroll

Bursting with vibrant pockets of colour, the rock garden at Dunedin Botanic Garden boasts a bounty of treasures tucked into every available space.

Now for wow factor

Now for wow factor

Some plants have a wow factor and others not so much.

Sniff out a favourite at rose society show

Sniff out a favourite at rose society show

The rose season starts this weekend with the Otago Rose Society's annual show at Forbury Park Raceway.

A charm all of its own

A charm all of its own

Now the swathes of main season rhododendron colour have largely fallen away, a small, much more modest species has a chance to attract some attention. 

English breakfast from Australia

English breakfast from Australia

If only we had a fried bread plant, then along with Eutaxia myrtifolia, the ''egg and bacon'' plant, we could have a full breakfast.

Time ripe to spring into action

Time ripe to spring into action

Spring is an ideal time for planting, with plenty of warm weather and soil moisture to help your plants settle into their new homes.

Interesting characters

Interesting characters

My grandmother, on church flower duty, once displayed the most beautiful vase of gorse in full bloom, much to the horror of her very staid mother.

Foliage can be a feature

Foliage can be a feature

Most perennials are grown for their flowers.

Love at second sight

Love at second sight

For me, as a gardener from far away, the otherness of the New Zealand native flora is thrilling.

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