Dunedin

Today was spent traveling from Oamaru to Dunedin with 4 kkstops along the way – Old Oamaru, Moeraki Boulders, Fleur’s Place for lunch and Dunedin Botanical Garden.

OLD OAMARU

We stopped in Old Oamaru to look at an old steam train and old buildings of the last century:

These buildings were made from the limestone which was quarried near Oamaru. They are still in use; one such vendor is Buggy Robot:

MOERAKI BOULDERS

These boulders are gradually washed out of the ground by the surf and exposed on the beach. The biggest one weighs 7 tons. There was no reasonable explanation of how these boulders got here except that God created them there.

FLEUR’S PLACE

Some scenes as we travel:

Driving through Dunedin and along the bay on our way to lunch:

We walked around the garden while we waited for them to prepare our lunch. Listen for the birds:

DUNEDIN BOTANICAL GARDEN

The garden superintendent is speaking:

The botanical garden has a stream running through it and the birds love it:

This is a beautiful and very well maintained garden. Here is the entry:

Water garden:

Japanese Primroses and Variegated Water Iris

May Apple (Podophyllum peltatum) Black grass is Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’

Astilboides tabularis

Indian Rhubarb (Darmera peltata)

Hostas, Alliums and Meconopsis

Meconopsis superba

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema sp.)

Rodgersia sp.

Herb Garden:

Rose garden – the roses are not quite ready to bloom.

The Camellia Garden:

Hedges:

Rock Garden:

Mediterranean Garden:

Redbud (Cercis occidentalis)

Parrot’s Peak (Clianthus puniceus) NZ

Watsonia marginata

Rhododendron Garden:

Tomorrow – Dunedin, Larnach Castle, Albatross Colony

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