Whilst we were there, I also spent a lot of time admiring their beautiful garden.
|This hippeastrum had a beautiful scent that drifted metres beyond the plant!|
|A huge and colourful ornamental banana plant.|
|At the right of the picture you can see a remarkably large apple tree that's been planted in an old recycling bin.|
|A crucifix orchid on the deck and a hydrangea behind the room we were staying in.|
|Part of my mum's extensive succulent collection.|
|I love how the aeonium (the plant with the almost black rosette of petals at the left) looks like it's craning its neck to get a good view of something. It reminded me of the plants in Little Shop of Horrors :-).|
I was astonished to learn that the little round-leafed succulents across the front are all clones of one my mum was given when she was a Registrar at Wellington Hospital over 45 years ago.
|Luscious big fuschia flowers.|
|A cycad - representative of a very ancient family of plants. It has very stiff and spiky leaves that I wasn't always as careful of as would have been wise!|
|Martin getting some work done in a comfortable shady corner of the deck.|
|Mummy having a quiet break amongst her plants.|
|Martin and Daddy at dinner one evening in the room we were staying in.|