Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Spring has sprung

Daylight savings has started, and the temperatures are starting to rise. It's school holidays here so I dragged my two teenage sons to the Wellington Botanic Gardens this morning. It's a perfect day here - hardly any breeze at all (which doesn't happen very often at all in a city known as 'Windy Wellington').

Lady Norwood Rose Garden

Here's some photos of the tulips first.

Tulips grow really well in Wellington

We stopped briefly to look at the duck pond. There were some tiny ducklings there, but I couldn't get a photo because they stayed over the other side.

the Rhododendron trees were lovely too.

Then we walked over the hill to the rose gardens, begonia house and cafe.

The views of the harbour and city are great.

This is a Kowhai tree, a New Zealand native. Kowhai is the Maori word for yellow and you can see why.

Kowhai tree

We had morning tea in the cafe attached to the Begonia House.

the cafe is on the left of the picture

I'm just trying to get some good photos of my Trellis Crossroads quilt before I write a post about it.  I took a couple of quick photos at the gardens while my sons quietly died of shame. Here's one.

Trellis Crossroads - my latest finish.

Thank you for all the 'get well' messages. The antibiotics worked a treat, but I now have asthma which is very unusual for me. I'm on inhalers, so hopefully it will die down soon. I hope you're having nice weather wherever you are.


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

such beautiful Tulips - I love them and can't grow them in our zone very well. You have to plant new bulbs every year to get them. We do have a wonderful place within an hours drive called Garvin Woodlands Garden that has the most beautiful spring time setting - tulips all over the place - we love to visit it every spring if we can.

Oops-Lah said...

Beautiful photos and I could almost smell the fresh Spring air!

Dasha said...

The tulips are glorious, wonderful jewel colours. Also love the crossroads quilt. You have done a wonderful job on it.

margaret said...

sorry about the asthma hope the inhalers work soon. What lovely gardens you have and such a show of tulips. The quilt is a real beauty you have such a wonderful eye for colour

Helen@Till We Quilt Again said...

What a wonderful day you must of had with your boys. It looks like a beautiful garden to visit. Your quilt is just as beautiful with all the vibrant colors!

Lorraine said...

Absolutely stunning gardens Wendy - thank you for sharing these! What a backdrop for another lovely quilt. Hope the inhalers work for you - I can relate :)

Lin's Quilts said...

Lovely quilt! The colors dance!
It's a parent's job to embarrass your kids. Good job.

Granny Maud's Girl said...

Get well soon! Unexpected asthma?

One Wee Bird said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous.......but not so much your health?
Hope you feel better ASAP sux feeling crap when outside is so sunny and yummy!