Mary and I have sometimes driven long distances to see specialist gardens.
It’s 192 km to Cross Hills Gardens near Kimbolton. It’s 368 km to the Pukeiti Gardens on the slopes of Taranaki. We have lived in this house for 35 years, and until yesterday I was quite unaware of the wonderful Azalea and Rhododendron garden in the Belmont Domain just 6.2 km from home.
They were a little past their prime, and there was evidence of weather damage, but I think there are magnificent displays for at least another week or two.
From there, Mary and I went to Zealandia to show her the exciting things I had seen in my exploration with my friend Allan a few days earlier. The Tuatara were plentiful, including some without the intrusive identification beads.
Up near the kaka feeding station, we saw a pair of Californian quail and I though the male was a particularly fine specimen.
And now the weather has soured again.