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The Wellington Botanical Gardens


Eric had a day off school today.  We were driving past the Botanical Gardens, and it occurred to me that it might be a nice day to visit.  Eric thought it a good idea too.  We drove in, and then I realised that of course, it’s Summer, and the roses were in full bloom!

The roses were so beautiful!!  The scent was heavenly too.  I couldn’t help myself and took a few close-ups to share with you:

The gardens are right on the outskirts of Wellington’s central business district.  They’re very convenient to access.  A knitting group apparently meets here every second Sunday or so; I’m not sure if they still do.  Don’t they have a fabulous setting though!?

There were some darling little new arrivals to coo over swimming around in the fountain:

They were just like little bumble bees.  Adorable!  Eric spent all his time here watching them while I walked around admiring (and photographing) the roses.

We also decided to visit the Begonia House (you can see the glass house in the top photo).  I thought we might see some monkey pots and venus fly traps, which are of interest to Eric.  No venus fly traps, but a few monkey pots.  The lilies and lotuses were in full bloom and rather caught my attention:

I think I’ve made mention of my abhorrence for lilies in the past (those horrid smelly things), but water lilies are a completely different thing!

The lotuses made me hungry for lotus root.  I miss that food!

A myriad of guppies with fluorescent colours in their tails were swimming in the water.  Eric spent ages admiring them.

Back outside for another quick look at the blooming beauties:

Then on to the children’s playground, where Eric had more fun:

This part of the park is often inhabited by native birds like the New Zealand parrot (the Kaka), and the native wood pigeon (the Kereru).  We caught sight of both these specimens flying overhead today.  So lovely to see!

It started to rain, so we headed back to the car.  On the way, I couldn’t help marvelling over this lovely old Puriri tree and its ‘fur’ coat of epiphytes:

This forest tree has pink, juicy, cherry-sized berries that are adored by birds, including the Kereru, the Tui and the little wax eyes.  There are benches positioned around the base of this tree, and I can imagine that when the berries are ripe in a couple of months, you’ll get some fruitful bird watching sitting there.

It was a nice, unexpected interlude, and great quality time with my son.  The beauty of nature is also wonderful inspiration for future knitting designs!



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15 thoughts on “The Wellington Botanical Gardens

  1. Ahh, thanks for the memories 🙂 I helped start the knitting group that met every Sunday at the Begonia House. It was the brain child of Matt (aka CraftyKiwi) and I helped it along the way to a fully-fledged group. Not sure what happened to it… The Botanic Gardens were indeed a lovely setting for a weekly get-together, and the guys in the cafe were always welcoming and helpful with table settings etc. I miss it. So again, thanks.

    • Wow, I didn’t realise that you helped start the group!

      • Yes indeedy 😉 It was a good group too – some days we’d have an even dozen sitting around the table! Such a lot of laughs to be had!! That’s why I miss it so much – the view and the company couldn’t be beat.

      • You’re pretty good at getting community spirit going… you should start a new group in Auckland! There’s nothing like knitting with friends, both new and old. I really enjoyed that day we had knitting together.

      • Funny you say that – that’s one of the first things I did when I arrived here 😉

  2. It’s winter here! So your flower photos were beautiful and refreshing!
    God Bless You!
    Lady D

  3. Beautiful. Those of us on the edge of winter salute you!!!

  4. What a beautiful place! I think it was a day well spent and you got some good mother/son time in 🙂 Growing up I couldn’t care less about flowers or whatnot, but as I get older I can see the true beauty in the colors, designs, and textures. Thanks so much for sharing your pictures!

  5. These are so beautiful! I’m a little jealous. 🙂 I grew up on Southern California, and my mother had LOTS of roses that bloomed all year round. There was always a flower to take to the teacher. Now I live in a cooler clime, so we only get roses a few months in the Summer. Am so glad you and your son had a day to play and enjoy!

  6. Oh my goodness!! What a fabulous botanical garden you have — I love visiting these whenever I travel and will put this one on my list of “must sees.” On this very dreary, rainy day here in NY, it was a delight to ogle your lush photos!

  7. Waking up to the first snow it was nice to find your beautiful summery pictures. Sometimes I wish we had a warmer climate here instead of the five months of darkness, coldness and snow each year…

  8. What a wonderful way to spend a day with your boy xx

  9. Absolutely beautiful! Those flowers are stunning. I do love botanical gardens 🙂

  10. Eric looks like he’s grown a foot or two! Great Pics 🙂

  11. BABY DUCKIES! They are always my favourite. Haven’t got too many ponds to walk around and see them in my daily life here, so thanks for filling the gap!