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Wild flowers of New Zealand


By dwyllis


My OH is snoring gently on the sofa beside me. Dogs both asleep at my feet. Nothing I want to watch on TV. Time for another blog (I seem to be doing a lot lately). The specialist has given me a grace period of a further two weeks, & if my herniated disc has not begun to stabilise, he says I must have a discetomy. Looking through pics of our lovely wild flowers on my iPad (what did I ever do without it?), has given me something else to focus upon. Most of these photos have been taken by other people. I hope you enjoy them.

Blue Morning Glory. This rampant vine smothers everything it grows near & if seen, one is supposed to report it to the local council for them to eradicate it. The flower is truly glorious

This photo shows Blue Morning Glory growing wild in the country.

The very pretty flower of Pink Ragwort, which originates in South Africa & is now growing so rapidly through open farmland throuout the North Island, it is considered to be a noxious weed. It is toxic to horses & cows & is causing farmers tremendous problems. But oh ….on a drive over to the city of Wanganui a few days ago, it gave the most breath-taking display on the hillsides ….turning them the prettiest pink. Even my OH thought it all looked quite magnificent.

Close up of Pink Ragwort.

Hillsides on way to Wanganui smothered in Pink Ragwort.

Everlasting Pea ….an attractive, rampant vine which grows invasively throughout the South & North Island. This one is growing up through a Kawakawa Tree.

I don’t know the name of this one.

Phormium Tenax … NZ Flax. Grows wild throughout NZ.

Yellow Lupins seen commonly throughout NZ, particularly on riverbanks & hillsides.

Escapees from garden growing wild in field.

Lovely Coral Vine.

Beautiful blue flower growing wild on a South Island Glacier. Not sure what it is, but looks like one of the Echium family.

Stunning wild lupins growing near Lake Tekapo in the Fiordlands, South Island.

Wild Rose grows in the Fiordlands & on the Alps, South Island.

Foxgloves growing wild in North Island countryside.

Wild flowers at Cathedral Cove, Canterbury, South Island.

More wild Lupins growing in Fiordland, South Island.

Two pics below show flowers on native shrubs growing in wild bush.

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Hi Dwyllis ..
Stunning photos of the wild flowers ...
... lupin pictures are amazing...
Pretty blog :o)))

I hope you feel better soon and that the disc stabilises.

14 Nov, 2012


Breathtaking...this is how Paradise had to look like...and I want return there :)
Great photos, fantastic views and colours. Thank you. I think New Zealand is lucky it has separated from other continents :)

14 Nov, 2012


Hi dwyllis, the ragwort here is yellow and just as poisnous by the sound of it, the animals won't eat it but if its dry in the hay it loses its bitterness but not the toxicity..even humans must wear gloves when handling it, one thing in its favour is that its the only flower that the cinnarbar moths caterpillar eats......

The wild flowers are lovely, its an incredibly beautiful country

14 Nov, 2012


Hi Dwyllis, I'm sorry to read that you're still bugged by ill health.
On a brighter note..your photos are truly beautiful. Lupins are one of my OH's favourite flowers and when I showed him your pictures he was speechless (it doesn't happen often!) You have some beautiful wild flowers.
Ragwort is becoming quite a problem here in UK too. The councils used to treat the roadside verges etc with weed killer, which kept it at bay..a little. Now with cut backs both it and Himalayan Balsam are becoming very prolific. I worry it will eventually get into the food chain and I don't think anyone knows what that might unleash.
Hope your fit and leaping up and down really soon

14 Nov, 2012


The red flower that you don't know the name of is Tropaeolum speciosum, a native of Chile; this will be a garden escapee. It is because of potentially invasive plants like this that your governement has such strict controls on the importation of plants and seeds.

14 Nov, 2012


oh Dwyllis what an amazing collection of pictures. hope your better soon.x

14 Nov, 2012


Those lupins are simply beautiful, cannot grow a single one here as they get eaten by slugs. Lovely photos Dwyllis, thank you.

14 Nov, 2012


Beautiful countryside - love those yellow lupins - what a bright splash! :o)

15 Nov, 2012


Incredible pictures, you have a great talent!

15 Nov, 2012


Wow I`ve struggled for years to grow lupins and even now only have two, your wild ones look amazing Dwyliss as do the rest of the flowers.
Lovely photo`s,thankyou for sharing, sorry you are still suffering...

15 Nov, 2012


Wonderful photos to cheer you up - and us too! It seems a shame that NZ wants to eradicate Morning Glory . . . looks the same colour as Tibouchina (which we call the Glory bush) and have to grow under glass if it's to survive.

Thanks for sharing the pics, Dwyllis.

17 Nov, 2012



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