Tag Archives: Spring

Bless My Bloomin’ Bugloss

Around a year ago we bought this plant in one of our favorite nurseries here in Auckland; we had some of these in our garden in Nebraska and were very fond of them. Its formal name is Brunnera macrophylla, and … Continue reading

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Retraction of the Native

I’m sorry to have to report that I was mistaken regarding the (dare I say it?) nativity of the little mantis nymph in my post two days ago; I didn’t do enough homework. I’m a member of a New Zealand … Continue reading

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Menagerie Monday: Return of the Native (almost)

Early last week CD was sitting in her favorite spot on our screen porch when she noticed a small movement near her shoulder. She called me to have a look and I saw that our visitor was a very tiny … Continue reading

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Webnesday (64)

As the days grow longer, the  weather warms and the flora flourish, I’m seeing a very rewarding increase in the fauna in our garden as well. One very welcome guest that I met last week is a variety of little … Continue reading

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Fleeting Beauty: The Tiny and the Giant

Squiddy found this tiny nymph yesterday; we thought it was a wētā, but it’s likely to have been a katydid. I coaxed it onto some dandelions and was able to make just this one photo before it jumped away. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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Webnesday (63)

Last Saturday I hosted a garden party for the whole family. We brought the tablecloth and napkins back to wash them and set them on the dining room table. On Sunday morning I heard a startled yelp from CD and … Continue reading

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Webnesday (62)

Early yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, as I went  out to my tool shed in the back garden, I was happy to find one of my favorite spiders on the door, just waiting for me to invite it  to a photo session … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (6)

One of the highlights of our family trip to the South Island earlier this month was a visit to the windswept Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve at the end of the Otago Peninsula, overlooking the mouth of the Otago Harbour, in … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (5)

The C-19 situation is improving enough that Auckland has dropped to Level Two and the rest of the country to Level One. Masks are still strongly advised and many folks are willingly complying with that request when out and about, … Continue reading

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SpringScapes (4-A) / A Liking for Lichens

My blog-buddy Steve S expressed an interest in the lichens visible in my last post, and I promised him I’d post a sequel. I’m a devoted lichen fan, and I love to find them growing on anything they can, especially … Continue reading

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