The botanic garden in Dunedin is impressive, like almost every other one in New Zealand. And of course, I focused on the greenhouses. Outdoor gardens are great, don’t get me wrong. There is just something different about greenhouses. They are like an oasis of green foreigners, protected from the outside world. I’m always surprised by what’s growing in a greenhouse. Even when it’s my own!
The first few photos are of Clianthus puniceus, the Kakabeak plant. I think there must be more individuals of this plant in gardens around here than there are wild ones! I have a few seeds of this one waiting for me at home, and it is allegedly a vigorous grower. Hopefully after a year or two I will have myself quite a collection of them.
Almost all of the plant here are in a single room of the greenhouse. Granted, it’s a two story room, but the footprint (or rootprint?) is fairly small. Maybe if I work it right, I can fit nearly as many plants into a slightly smaller space? I can dream.
I love a challenge. Whether it is germinating seeds from exciting new plants (at least exciting and new for me), keeping and raising fish, poison dart frogs, and ornamental shrimp, or navigating new areas of the world without maps or guides, I am interested in it. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life, and have lived with my family in the Vancouver, Washington area since 2011.
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