Al and I had a lovely day at the Botanic Gardens yesterday, strolling in the sunshine with stops for drinks and goodies to eat! As Autumn is on the way here there was less colour in the gardens than on our visits last time (2008) but there was still plenty to see. The roses were still wonderful, including my favourite 'mutabilis' pictured above several times. There were massive hibiscus and lots of interesting autumn bulbs appearing out of the ground without leaves - like our own "naked ladies". I thought the red carpet roses with the tree ferns in the background made an interesting contrast. We also saw lots of birds including the lovely pukeko plus goldfinches (introduced from England), parakeets, lots of thrushes, silver eyes...There were several sculptures around the gardens, including this very exuberant lady.
Today is our last day with Terry for a while and I'm not sure what access we'll have to the internet but you'll be in our thoughts - we hope the bad weather reports we are getting for Europe are not concerning you too much - and we'll post again as soon as.
Love and hugs xoxoxoxox