Plant Life

Winter's here, can spring be far behind?

Winter's here, can spring be far behind?

Occasional glorious sunny days and temperatures that sometimes reach the early 20s can trick us into thinking winter is over.

Early rhodos a midwinter pick-me-up

Early rhodos a midwinter pick-me-up

Bursts of colour in the midwinter garden are always a welcome boost to morale while spring still seems some way off.

Starting a garden - the planning stage

Starting a garden - the planning stage

One of the most enjoyable parts of gardening is going out and buying new plants.

Something to share with the birds

Something to share with the birds

Winter is well under way but what a cheering sight it is to see the birds still flitting from tree to tree.

Snow grass can be stunning

Snow grass can be stunning

Chionochloa is an Australasian genus with the bulk of species confined to New Zealand.

War of the roses

War of the roses

It's time to start thinking about pruning your roses.

Cone revealed faux fern as cycad

Cone revealed faux fern as cycad

Stangeria eriopus is a cycad that's a little different from most other cycads.

Bulge stops them in their tracks

Bulge stops them in their tracks

Burrs on trees cause a mix of reactions, as a beech in Dunedin Botanic Garden's camellia collection is demonstrating.

Fruity addition

Fruity addition

Viburnum is one of the most versatile genera for the woodland garden. Within its ranks it has spring, summer, autumn and winter-flowering species.

Little fern resembles marine animal

Little fern resembles marine animal

Isn't this time of year beautiful? The sun's low light comes to rest on some of the more understated performers of the garden world, bringing out their charms with grace and subtlety.

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