Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Melopsittacus undulatus

How lonely to be the only budgie in the park.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Down the Rabbit Hole

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Rosa 'Madame A. Meilland'

This rose is luminous in the evening, a beacon against the evil inside us.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pacific Rose Bowl Festival

At 5.30pm in the teeth of a fresh spring south-westerly. The festival hasn't started in earnest yet; the roses are like a chorus line backstage just before the curtains go up.

Thursday, November 8, 2007


Wednesday, November 7, 2007


The foliage is in better focus than the petals, but I'll pretend I did that on purpose. This is a very new rose.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Anquilla dieffenbachii

A given volume of water, frozen in a given moment of time, encodes information about the larger volume of which it is a part as well as the longer time period of which it is a slice. It should be possible to infer from the ripples in this photo to the location of ripple-makers (eg ducks, fish, the wind etc) which exist outside the frame both spatially and temporally. The main ripple-maker in this photo is actually the eel just under the surface (its back can be seen just breaking the surface at bottom-left, with its tail extending to just below the middle of the picture and then curving downwards again). A set of eddies have spun off the eel's tail and the eel's back is forming v-shaped ripples as it moves out of shot.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Edge

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Saturday, October 20, 2007

Kiss Me

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Friday, October 12, 2007

Aesculus x carnea 'Briotii'

The red horse-chestnut on the hill next to Hungerford Crescent.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Monday, October 1, 2007

Borago officinalis

Borage is one of the prettiest herbs. This one is in the Sustainable Backyard, but there is some in the Herb Garden as well. You can eat it, brew it into a tea, steam your face it in and so on. Or you can just leave it be and enjoy the colour of the flowers.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Rhopalostylis sapida

That's a pretty 80s looking plant right there. Something about that shade of green, and the diagonal-ness of the leaves, straightaway suggests wine coolers, blonde mullets and those wayfarer-style sunglasses with the fluoro arms.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Tiny Universe

At the bottom of this little stream live billions of tiny things.

Monday, September 24, 2007


Water is the lifeblood of the garden. It is also the gardenblood of life. There was a lot of water around today. The thunderstorm broke right on top of us, and the rain sounded like someone was tipping a truckload of stones on the roof. This water was going over one of the weirs that controls the level of Turtle Lake.

Saturday, September 22, 2007


This cute little flower was found in a part of the gardens that is really hard to get to, and is quite secret. I played with the image to see if I could get the flower to stand out a bit more from the background - but then I realised that God had meant this tiny thing to be appreciated 'in context'.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Equus caballus

A denizen of the wild eastern reaches of Hamilton Gardens. While I was taking this photo, another horse wandered up and made as if I was to give it something delicious. But horses are quite big things and this was about as close as I was brave enough to get. (You can't see the sharp, man-eating fangs in this picture, but believe me, they're there!)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


Here's a Cycad doing its Cycad thing in the greenhouse. The wooly bit is the size of your head. Its neat to imagine the dinosaurs wandering around munching on these exact plants millions of years ago.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Camellia 'Volunteer'

Another interesting flower. This is up in the Hammond Camellia Garden (surprise!), a light, small shrub with these incredible flowers all over it.

Fuchsia excorticata

Here's an interesting plant for a first post; Fuchsia excorticata is a big straggly tree with little subtle flowers and flaky bark. I took this photo for the 'plant of the month' on the Info Centre kiosk (still figuring out how to use the camera!).