Following the discovery of gold in in the 1860s, there was a surge in both population and prosperity. Both Dunedin's university, which I visited in my last post, and its botanic garden are the oldest in New Zealand, with 2013 marking the 150th anniversary of the latter.
I was fortunate enough to visit twice during my stay in Dunedin. It was a real treat to see beautiful native and cold climate plants in early Spring. Coming from warmer climes as I do, many of the plants I saw were quite new to me. I've done my best on names, but apologies in advance if any errors have slipped in. Perhaps you can help me out with some of the mystery plants: the pretty pink bulb with nodding head and patterned leaves between the photos of the pulmonaria (it comes in yellow too), and two daisy- like blooms - one white, the other pink.
|Clianthus, commonly known as Kakabeak, is a small woody legume tree native to New Zealand. And what is a kaka you may ask.|
|Related to the kakabeak is this Kowhai, recognised as New Zealand's national flower|
|Pulmonaria 'Sissinghurst White'|
|Camellia 'Royal Velvet'|
|Myosotidium, the Chatham Island forget-me-not|
|The Chatham Island forget-me-not showing how the blooms age to pink|
|Magnolia stellata f. rosea|
|And this M. stellata is the white form (and a double?)|
On my return visit, I tackled the slope and wandered through the alpine garden.
|Pride of Madeira and lime green euphorbia|
The final stopping point of my visit was this woodland planting on the top of the hill - a host of golden daffodils that would have impressed Wordsworth.
However, if you enjoyed this visit and the plants featured, there is more to come when I visit Lanarch Castle on the Otago Peninsula not far from Dunedin in one of my next posts.