I don't normally ask photos of myself in my walks, but this time i felt it is a must. So an entrance shot with the name is obligatory, hmmm i uploaded it too! Sorry about this folks, now you already see me.
At the back of the administration building the lines of Pohotukawa trees are what will immediately attract the visitors' attention. They are what they call NZ Christmas trees because it flowers in time for Christmas.
L-R: foxgove, aloe
This is the first time for me to see clivia. I remember once a FB friend telling us it is not pronounced as kleee-vya, rather klay-vya, the namesake is her friend. Oh so this is not clivia? Janneke said it is Sisyrinchium striatum
this one i don't know too. Janneke said this is also an Achilea.
There are lots and lots of flowering ornamental plants, everything is beautiful, but we lack more time. I guess it is their summer, so the plants are all blooming. Summer at the south of the Equator is opposite that of countries above. At the back far end of the ornamental gardens is the arboretum
another angle of the ornamental gardens with the arboretum at the back
Aside from the normal arboretum, there is also the Gondwana Arboretum. Gondwana is the prehistoric land mass before Asia, NZ and Australia divide into what they are now. The plants and trees there are samples of what was existing centuries and eons ago.
another endemic fern
You will be surprised why i included the above here. Being in a tropical country like the Philippines, sad to say, or a shame to admit, i haven't seen an apple tree in real life. I have seen them very often in pictures, and have eaten a lot of fruits, but young fruits i've seen just now. I hope i will still have the experience of harvesting them.
I have seen flowering apple and plum trees in Sweden and Turkey, but saw trees with immature fruits just here. I even touched the still rough fruits, saying "öh how i waited years just to touch you"!!!