Botanical appreciation

Hello Lovelies!

Wednesday was such a lovely sunny day, we decided to go for a walk in the Botanical Gardens.  Founded in 1868, the gardens sit just out of the main business area of Wellington, and depite having an overly “tended” feel (I am a fan of untouched native bush) they are lovely to visit every now and then… especially at tulip time!  (Which was not wednesday sadly)

Despite the sun, it was quite nippy, so we began our visit in the hot houses…

We’re in awe of the different specimens of orchid…

All of the different shapes and sizes…

Discovering the most fragile pink ones I’ve ever seen…

Discovering an indoor fishpond…

Enjoying the lillies…

Especially the most beautiful purple one…

Finding plants I’ve never dreamed of….!

Including monster venus fly traps that could take three fingers off!

Bravely facing the nippy air, we left the hot houses and marched through the herb garden…

Down through the big tall trees…

Across the river….

Into the native bush… apparently this has never been cleared.  It’s beautiful, but I’ve seen better… I’ll show you one day too!

Aaaaah Punga trees… my absoloute favourite trees…

We find plenty of Bushman’s toilet paper through here…. If you’re a New Zealander who has never had a bushman’s toilet paper emergency on a camp/tramp/bush walk… you’ve had a sheltered life!  KB kindly models it for you…

Through the native bush, we come to a stark and very different landscape, the succulent garden…

We linger to admire the symmetry…

The shadows…

And the textures…

As we head back to the car, we stop to commune with the magnolias…

My (other) favourites.  We soak up the gentle pinkness….

As we get into the car, the skies are dark grey… it’s raining by the time we get home… perfect!  I hope you enjoyed the visit as much as we did!

Lots of love to you, from Alice and Raymond XX

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I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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14 Responses to Botanical appreciation

  1. Melissa says:

    What beautiful photos. Looks like a really nice place to visit. :)

  2. Mrs Twins says:

    Such a pretty post today Alice,
    thank you for sharing;.
    Hugs Suex

  3. I love magnolias too but we don’t have them here….that one is a beauty isn’t it!! PS Tell KB Nice Tattoos….I really like them on the wrist :-)

  4. Louise says:

    So lovely to see spring again. You have got me itching to visit. I love the blog by the way, its lovely.

  5. Tania says:

    Hi, I’ve just found your lovely blog !! I will definately be having a go at making your gorgeous bunting !
    Tania ♥

  6. alyshajane says:

    What a lovely day you both had! I love walking around places like that, you feel so connected to nature and full of inspiration afterwards.

    I *have* to ask, is the Bushman’s toilet paper scratchy or not as bad as it looks? :)

  7. Joyce says:

    Hi Alice, oh my goodness, Alysha has asked the very question I was going to ask. So, is it scratchy?? lol. How wonderful. What a stunning day you have had today, just love your photography. Any one of these could be put onto canvas to decorate walls, fabrics with. beautiful. Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend. xx

  8. sandiart says:

    lovin the pics, and the sunshine. Thank you x Sandi

  9. Kate says:

    Beautiful photos. This post is a wonderful reminder to visit gardens more often…soaking up the fresh air and absorbing all the beauty is the best medicine there could be.

  10. Clara says:

    Come over to my blog and get your award!

  11. Just found your blog today, and I am lovin’ it!!

  12. Tina says:

    Lovely photo’s.. I grow orchids so i was thrilled to see some pics on your blog. You must have had a wonderful day out at the gardens. :))

  13. Louise says:

    Amazing photos! Looks like a really lovely place to visit

  14. PosyLinda says:

    Hey Alice, it wonderful getting to visit vicariously the beautiful places where you live. This post was incredible!

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