It All Began in a Garden The Flora of New Zealand's North Island

When we landed in Auckland, New Zealand on the 3rd of March it was the equivalent of our September and while I was eager for our visit I thought that we would probably not see a lot of the plant life, given it was coming into their Fall season. Of course, New Zealand is surrounded by ocean so it is more temperate that I am use to at home and I was pleased to see such a wonderful variety of blossoms around.

Beginning with our first stop - our B & B while in Auckland. The property backed onto a wild area that made us forget we were in a city of 1.6 million.

From Auckland we headed north to the Bay of Islands.

A visit to the Waitangi Treaty grounds

A visit to the town of Russell, once known as "the hell hole of the Pacific", proved to have calmed down alot from it's former self. We enjoyed a lovely dinner and a stroll around town. A fabulously gnarled old tree was a highlight as was an amazing sunset as we headed back to Paihia on the ferry.

While many flowers were familiar some were definitely not. Seeing these lilies bloom in the wild was a special treat.
Intriquing toi toi grass
An import to New Zealand that has become somewhat of a pest - heather.

The symbol of a fern is often associated with New Zealand and it's no wonder why as it grows prolifically throughout this island nation.

I never could identify this plant - not the lime, the other one.

Until we can travel again, I hope you enjoyed this virtual walk among some of the flora from New Zealand.

Created By
Cathy Bennington


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