Thursday, 30 January 2014

Gardens on my travels - New Zealand

mosaic work A good number of  years ago I was fortunate to be able to have a little tour of the North Island of New Zealand. At this time I was studying horticulture and garden design so whilst I was there I visited a fair few gardens out of interest. I've lost a lot of the photos and I wasn't much into photography in the way I am now so many of the pics are very touristy and have me in them ruining the picture :) These are ones that pass...L'Arte Mosaic Cafe & Sculpture Garden
PÅ«keko mosaic
I noticed that mosaic work seemed very popular and bright colours especially in NZ. This was at a cute little cafe in Taupo, L'arte Mosaic Cafe and Sculpture Garden. I love the mosaic rocks especially with the pukeko, which is the blue bird related to the moorhen - you see them all over NZ, quite the little characters. I do love the little cats set into the pathway, aren't they cute!NZ trees Fabulous lush vegetation everywhere and some familiar herbaceous borders but much more green looking and when the backdrop has semi tropical trees it really makes for a different garden. I remember taking a look at my travelling companion's (who was New Zealander) friend's garden and it was lots of rockery displays and much spikier looking vegetation planted. Some of the gardens were spectacular.New Zealand garden Pretty houses too with a lot of care taken in the planting around gates and front doors. The house below is pretty dreamy isn't it?!New Zealand house Now I am not sure where this picture is from and I kind of hope it isn't one from Melbourne that has snuck its way in. If anybody recognises this imposing building do let me know? Terrible really that I can't remember but I was younger than and I'm more into taking note of places now. park I'm pretty sure this one actually was Melbourne and I remember it being a huge street display of sunflowers. I guess perhaps the weather helps but it would lovely to see more displays like this here in the UK. I'm afraid that I do not really like typical council bedding displays. Sorry little marigolds and begonias.........Sunflowers
It was February when I went to New Zealand with a brief stop over in Melbourne and Sydney, so of course it was summer and glorious is was too. Some more sculptures that I came across, sheep of course. They are really into artwork over here - would love one of these in my garden. I bet Little Bird would too, it would be a nice little sheep to perch on and climb over.arty sheep A farm we visited, no longer running as a farm as it belonged to my companion's nana who was in her retirement years. Lots of pukekos roamed around and at night there were glowing eyes up in the trees from possums. It was a truly wonderful experience of walking through streams and through fields of flowers that reminded me of daffodils. I'd love to return one day and take pictures of everything in better detail!NZ landscape I've got some more pictures to show you and I'll save them for next week's How Does Your Garden Grow? with Mammasaurus.NZ garden

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

27 comments:

Michelle Ordever said...

Love the first mosaic photo! Bright and colourful, just lovely

pinkoddy said...

Such a beautiful place. I do hope one day I get to come over. The mosaics are indeed gorgeous.

Hellies Corner said...

Great photo's, love the bamboo and the sheep are brilliant.

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

That first house is just so cute x

Keri-Anne said...

Oh those mosaic tiles are so beautiful!! x

Orli D said...

Those are some beautiful gardens, I love the mosaic ones the best. what a lovely post!

Jen Walshaw said...

I adore the mosaics on the stones. What a great idea for kids to make

Lucy Dorrington said...

Beautiful photos, the colours are amazing! One day, when my boat comes in, I will have to take a trip there!

Lynda_kidsinthegarden said...

HI popped over to your post as I have a friend visiting gardens in New zealand at the moment. I was over there about 5 years ago and i realise that i viisted the gardens at Lake Taupo

Agata Pokutycka said...

The first picture with the cats is amazing.
Do you remember where it was taken?

The Reading Residence said...

Beautiful gardens, and it does all look so lush. A great experience, I imagine x

Damson Lane said...

I love those sheep! I also love the colour in the gardens - we don't do enough of that here

Jenny said...

I'd love to visit New Zealand one day, your photos are fabulous!

Happy Homebird said...

@Agata - they were at the L'arte Mosaic Cafe and Sculpture Garden in Taupo. Amazing place.

Jenni said...

Lovely mosaics, when it's not raining all the time I'd love to put some in our garden. This is the second post I've seen today with amazing pictures of NZ. I would love to go, it looks so beautiful.

Mellissa Williams said...

Super photos. New Zealand looks beautiful

Vicky Wombwell Kuhn said...

Oh wow - these are just amazing! I love the sheep - very traditional New Zealand :-)

Charly Dove said...

What a wonderful post - so many great photos. New Zealand and Australia are just the best countries aren't they. We went to North Island in 2008 for a wedding, would love to explore NZ more one day. I lived in Australia for 2 years in the 90's :)

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Wow those are some beautiful gardens I adore the mosaic work x

greenthumb said...

I just love the gardens of New Zealand, you have so many lovely photos.

bettyl-NZ said...

Your photos are quite interesting! Yes, we do like our gardens and there are many, many public parks with wonderful flora to photograph.

Becky Goddard-Hill said...

Those sheep are awesome!

gina caro said...

Wow those mosaic sculptures are fantastic! :-)

fritha strickland said...

love those mosaics! x

Peakle Pie said...

Some lovely photographs - I love the sheep sculptures!

Alison Perry said...

Looks amazing. I've never been to NZ but it's definitely on my hit list :)

Gemma Garner said...

Those mosaics are lovely. I'm collecting broken pieces of pottery at the moment and your post has given me some inspiration. I bet those sunflowers look amazing when they're tall and the sun is out :)

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