Day 167 16 June – figgy

My daughter went to the Auckland Botanical Gardens today on an educational field trip. She is one of the school’s head gardeners and a small team of 4 went along with the head of their conservation department. They had an opportunity to plant more trees and in the process learn about certain tree and plant types.

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While they were walking around, one of the educators handed Annebell this strange looking greenery. She was told it is a fig, but I am not convinced. It looks more like an artichoke to me. But I must admit, when you slice it open it does smell like a fig, but I can’t tell if any of the flesh is edible.

Nature surely is mysterious.

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Day 165 14 June – pretty pansies

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As part of my competition co-ordinator role I have the privilege to also put the judges gifts together. We have approximately 26 judges who dedicate their time (some of them are there for 15 hours on both days) and as a small gesture of our appreciation we give them a small gift. This year we had tea mugs filled with tea, coffee and my lemon & lavender cookies, with a planted pansy.

My lounge certainly feels like a small forest where little fairies would frolic as 2 dozen of these pansies are carefully spread across the carpet.

Just another day in the life of me.