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!