The familiar Wellington Botanical Gardens

One of the first Tulips of spring 2012. It was named “Pinocchio”

Earlier this week we left home in warm, calm and sunny conditions and headed into the Wellington Botanical Gardens to view the very early spring flowering.

As can often be the case in our region the weather in the city was cold, heavily overcast and the wind was unpleasant. This meant our visit was shorter than planned.

However, weather aside, I really enjoyed returning to these very familiar Gardens and to a part of the Gardens that has changed very, very little in the 55 plus years that I have been visiting them.

Once my parents bought a car we would often head to the Gardens on a Sunday afternoon to hear the Highland Pipe Bands play and march at the Soundshell or on the grass in front of the Soundshell. My parents loved Pipe Band music and as small children we would march and move to the music or play around the grassy area.

Near this spot was a small fountain which has small concrete frogs around the edging. With any luck you could spray the water coming from their mouths in wide arcs across the fountain. Harmless, childish fun which can still be enjoyed today.

Further along a path is a duck pond where we fed the ducks and in that time honoured way children still do that today.

The tulip beds were full but only a few flowers were blooming. Spring festival with Tulip Sunday will happen later in September. But again this is a long time familiar event.

The aged trees – Magnolia and deciduous are all still there as are the fuchsias along the brick fence line. The difference I noted on this visit was the thickness of the epiphytes clothing the thick branches like sleeves of wearable art of some form.

The familiar can be very comforting in a world that changes so rapidly. It would appear that no one is in a hurry to redevelop this section of the Gardens and I like that.

Flowers on a Magnolia tree, appearing to float against the sky


Flowering azalea

Are these yellow flowers crocus??

Epiphytes completely cover the huge boughs of this tree.

7 thoughts on “The familiar Wellington Botanical Gardens

  1. Northern Narratives

    I love to visit public gardens. Yes, I think the yellow flowers are crocus. I really like the last photo. I don’t know those flowers. Enjoy Spring.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Judy. We are fortunate to have public gardens that capture different species of plant and provide us with such enjoyment. I think the last photo are from the Polyanthus/Primula/Primrose family.

  2. juliet

    What a feast of colour – and crocuses too, which we don’t see very often. The magnolia is magnificent. I’m prompted to go and visit our winter gardens in the Domain to see what’s coming out.

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks Juliet there was plenty of colour and beauty to see even this early in Spring. I hope the Domain will offer you something lovely to enjoy as Springs bursts forth.

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  4. Jo Woolf

    Beautiful colours and such lovely blooms! The magnolia is superb, and the epiphytes are just incredible. Makes me want a second chance at our own spring!

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It is a great asset to our area. We are under the gun with gale to storm force winds here now so rather typical of a Wellington spring right now. Wishing you a lovely autumn Jo.


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