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By dwyllis


I had a lovely day yesterday, as we had a welcome break to the days of torrential spring rain we have been (not) enjoying …. raining again today sadly. But yesterday the sun was shining & the sky was blue & it was a warm spring day. Just beautiful. So as I had to do the 35 minute drive to the hospital in Wanganui, for the surgeon to check out my progress post-op, I contacted a couple of friends who live along the way. The hospital had some lovely flower beds to greet me. The last four photos were taken at the entrance to the hospital. poppies & pansies, & a pretty native daisy with lovely silvery-grey foliage, which is often found growing wild along shingly beaches, in various colours of crimson, orange & yellow. The very last photo is of a small yellow daisy growing wild on the hospital lawns. Very pretty.

After my hospital visit, I had lunch with a friend who lives on the highway, but as her lovely old villa is situated at the top of a hill & set quite well back, there isn’t too much traffic noise to contend with. As I approached her house, I felt very envious of her beautiful border running up one side of the driveway. It is looking absolutely splendid & I just wanted to move in right away.

On my way home later, I stopped to take photos of the lovely show of flowers growing wild everywhere along the highway … the hills were smothered in beautiful pink daisies & where I was able to stop the car safely, there was also a large patch of the pretty blue flowers I have growing in my driveway, pushing their way up through the long grass. I’ll think of their name the moment I have published this blog!

Further along the highway, I popped in for a quick spot of afternoon tea with a friend who lives in the tiny highway village of Turakina. She has a very well-established large garden rolling into the hills behind her. A few lovely native trees, which has totally inspired me to get to my native tree nursery … & some beautiful flowering shrubs/trees & bulbs which were unknown to me & to sadly to her also. One lovely creamy-white bloom sort of resembled a hydrangea, but the leaf was different. A lovely white star-shaped flower was one I have never seen before, & ditto for a blue one … both looked as if they had been grown from a bulb. A wonderful blue-flowering medium-sized tree, had small flowers which resembled the wild sweet pea, or maybe some kind of broom. The pink-flowering shrub is an NZ native leptospermum (I think that is how to say it). I still have a lot to learn!

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What great scenes - especially love picture 2 !!!! I hope all is well with you :))))))))))))))))))))) Lovely flowers - liking the daisy type ones near bottom and the shrub bushy one near the mail box :))))))))))))) Keep Well :))))))

18 Oct, 2011


It's so different, what interesting and lovely plants.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

18 Oct, 2011


Glad you are getting better now Dwyllis, love all these flowers and trees in your photos, especially that blue tree, quite delightful.

18 Oct, 2011


Fascinating set of pics...
get well soon ...

18 Oct, 2011


Hope your feeling better soon lovely pictures.

18 Oct, 2011


Thankyou everyone for their lovely comments. The rain has stopped again, after raining overnight. At least I haven't had to water the garden for several days. No galivanting about visiting friends & their delightful gardens today, as I have my youngest son & his girlfriend driving down from Hawkes Bay for a few hours visit .... that's a 2.5 hour drive each way. Shame they are not able to stay overnight, but we will enjoy lunch & dinner together.

18 Oct, 2011


Lovely blog and pics, much colour,and those borders are nice you are out and about again..look forward to seeing more of your lovely country..:o)

18 Oct, 2011


what pretty countryside...i forget that your seasons are opposite ours...just turning fall here. hope you're well- no overdoing it in the garden, dwyllis.

20 Oct, 2011


Great photos. I hope your check up went well. And it's nice to meet up with friends :o)

21 Oct, 2011


Only just found this blog Dwyllis, so apologies for delay in replying. Your photos are inspirational. I especially like the one of the guelda roses. I have one planted in my garden but think its in the wrong place because it has never flowered or produced berries. Your photo had me drooling!

7 Nov, 2011

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