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Absolutely wonderful as usual, Dave ... so many thanks for posting.

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Thanks Cliff.

Trond
Yes normally under snow all winter with falls early June and melt starting in November .

NZ is a very narrow country surrounded by water ,so very much a maritime climate and although there are dryish areas inland, most ranges receive moisture from summer rains , topped up by fog ,meaning there is soil moisture available .

On a still day in the mountains temperatures can be high --i have a number of times been sunburnt ,(or even windburnt on an overcast day), however in my experience because there is a predominance of wind,temps most days are cool on the 'tops'.

Carrying on with the trip.....
Also on the ridgeline large mats of Kelleria dieffenbachii and Hectorella caespitosa and surprizingly in open positions Ourisa caespitosa

As we popped over into the next watershed a number of different Celmisias sps growing in snowgrass appeared.
Celmisia verbsacifolia

The lovely silver growth of Celmisia semicordata ssp stricta impressive even when not in flower

Same for a hybrid

Final posting tomorrow night  :D

Cheers dave.

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Superb once again, Dave.  

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Dave, thank you for information. Sounds not unlike western part of Norway.... (picture, without fog!)

I have grown some Celmisia a few times and also some Ourisia but they have been shortlived. Your pictures give the reasons why I want to try more!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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What fantastic plants, Dave! NZ really has it all; from beautiful Celmisia to wierd Aciphylla and wonderful Ranunculus.

Jenny Wainwright-Klein. Southern Germany, 90 km north of the Alps. USDA 6

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Thank you Jenny .

I grow a number of South African plants so have been following your 'posted' journey with interest.

On our last day we travelled an hour by vehicle to visit a couple of lower mountain ranges -- Firstly on an isolated hill we saw sheets of flowering Celmisia traversii in numerous variations of upper leaf colour and brown tomentum beneath.

On the banks of the access road, a nice daisy Anaphaloides bellidioides and in more shaded spots Ranunculus ensyii.

Then a quick visit to an area of ultrabasic rock where Celmisia spedenii grew --the normal type plant with white flowers and an exciting find ,*a rare form with yellow flowers--something i've never come across before and i believe the first time ever photographed.
*apologies for cross posting this particular pic,(which i've also shown on the SRGC Forum).

Finally ,Leptospermum scoparium can reach 4 or 5 meters in height elsewhere ,however possibly because of the nature of the type of rock it is growing on here ,plants can be very dwarf

The end........ :)

Cheers dave

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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Toole wrote:

On our last day we travelled an hour by vehicle to visit a couple of lower mountain ranges -- Firstly on an isolated hill we saw sheets of flowering Celmisia traversii in numerous variations of upper leaf colour and brown tomentum beneath.
On the banks of the access road, a nice daisy Anaphaloides bellidioides and in more shaded spots Ranunculus ensyii.

Then a quick visit to an area of ultrabasic rock where Celmisia spedenii grew --the normal type plant with white flowers and an exciting find ,*a rare form with yellow flowers--something i've never come across before and i believe the first time ever photgraphed.
*apologies for cross posting this particular pic,(which i've also shown on the SRGC Forum).

Finally ,Leptospermum scoparium can reach 4 or 5 metres in height elsewhere ,however possibly because of the nature of the type of rock it is growing on here ,plants can be very drawf

The end........ :)

Cheers dave

Dave, no need to excuse showing a yellow Celmisia twice! I could have looked at the pics three times as well!
It is a pity New Zealand is so far away or I had already been there. However, it's a must to visit and your pictures haven't lessened the urge to go.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Trond,
The humans in your landscape are much prettier than those we usually see displaying their lower limbs in N.Z.    ;D ;D
Have Toolie's legs appeared on these pages yet ... they have certainly featured heavily (!) on the SRGC Forum for many moons?  ;D ;D

Cliff Booker A.K.A. Ranunculus
On the moors in Lancashire, U.K.
Usually wet, often windy, sometimes cold ... and that's just me!

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Booker wrote:

Trond,
The humans in your landscape are much prettier than those we usually see displaying their lower limbs in N.Z.     ;D ;D
Have Toolie's legs appeared on these pages yet ... they have certainly featured heavily (!) on the SRGC Forum for many moons?   ;D ;D

you know Cliff, I couldn't compete the plants so I had to choose something else. The NZ legs were nothing!

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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Thanks a lot guys  :o  You two will keep!! ;D ;D

Cheers dave

Invercargill
Bottom of the South Island New Zealand
Zone 8 maritime climate
1100mm,(40 in),rainfall p.a.
Nil snow cover

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