Spiky Squares

During the month of March, Becky, Queen of the Square format, is back. This month she would like to see anything spiky, jagged, bristly, serrated, prickly or barbed in whatever interpretation you like. The only rule: it must be a square. March Squares Pseudopanax crassifolius, horoeka, or lancewood, is a New Zealand native tree with anContinue reading “Spiky Squares”

Alternative Advent #15

In the period leading to Christmas some people buy an Advent Calendar to check off each day before December 25. Usually intended for children, it appears that in recent years there has been a rise in the popularity of luxury ones aimed at indulgent adults who feel the necessity to treat themselves on the run-up toContinue reading “Alternative Advent #15”

garden photography: winter garden

In January I’m looking for a Winter Garden (This month I want to see photos and stories about winter gardens. You can interpret this any way you want; a garden in winter, winter flowers, or plants in a glasshouse) The Auckland Domain Winter Garden complex in Auckland, New Zealand, is a national treasure. It was designed in the earlyContinue reading “garden photography: winter garden”

Indian Char Bagh Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post. Indian Char Bagh Garden The ‘char bagh’ or ‘enclosed four part’ garden has been one of the most significant types of traditional garden. Between the 8th and 18th centuries these gardens spread throughoutContinue reading “Indian Char Bagh Garden”

American Modernist Garden

This garden is one of the Paradise Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand and follows on from my previous post. American Modernist Garden Modernist style was an international phenomenon, not just a 20th century American  tradition. Its gardens are focused on relaxed outdoor living, a perfect match to sun soaked, upwardly mobile California. Sunny yellow outdoor chairs,Continue reading “American Modernist Garden”