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Ellerslie International Flower Show 2009

Christchurch, New Zealand

here we go...
setting sail for the garden show

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Christchurch, New Zealand

the wedding garden

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I loved the succulents in this one, the different shapes & sizes complement each other so well

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I love this!

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Christchurch, New Zealand

and right next door...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

interesting garden furniture
and check out the back wall - they have been looking at Sammut's garden fence:)

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Christchurch, New Zealand

more of the High Tea Garden...
I would love a water feature like that.
The dogs would think they had the fanciest water bowl in town.
Actually I saw lots of lovely water features & hope one day to have one of my own.
I have the perfect block wall back drop

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Christchurch, New Zealand

last one to reflect on for tonight...

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se qld, Australia

I have the perfect spot for that water feature. :)

The little red succulent is interesting. Does anyone know what it is?

Merino, Australia

Oh yes, Dalfyre. I see that water feature from the High Tea display would really fit right in out the back of the Tea Room.
Lovely pictures . Jean.

western sydney nsw, Australia

Hi ;
I really go for the sail I will have one of those as soon as I gather the materials .
the succulent garden was a wow for me, show me more really enjoying ideas are forming whate I can do in my garden .----------Sammut

townsville, Australia

Teressa the photos are just magic, you must have been in heaven, please feel free to post some more.
shell

Sydney, Australia

Love the pics ...I agree the succulents are beautiful.

Christchurch, New Zealand

oh - I heard the man say what the red succulents are - he was selling them off at that stage.
If I had money on me I would have bought some.
erk - I cannot recall that name... it has been mentioned here as I recognised it when he said it.
I suspect our succulent lovers will know & hopefully enlighten us.

Christchurch, New Zealand

more of 'I See Red'

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Christchurch, New Zealand

and again...
I liked the kinetic sculpture - two red paddles that rotated in the breeze

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Inside the Starlight Marquee, this was the West Coast display.
The photos do not do it justice as the flash strips out the colour.
The heaps of white stones had a light underneath so they glowed, there were pools of water with dry ice creating a flowing mist over the mossy banks, the globes also had lights that slowly dimmed & then brightened...
it was quite cool - literally as in places they had a misty 'rain' from overhead sprinklers.
Plantings were NZ natives

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Christchurch, New Zealand

more West Coast

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Christchurch, New Zealand

and in the next part it was a complete contrast...
Seeking Shangri-la, an 'underwater garden' using a variety of cactus & succulents.
Astonishing how like sea weeds some looked.
It was an otherworldly exhibit.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I took quite a few pics of this garden...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I'd like to be,
under the sea
in an octopuses garden,
in the shade...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

yellow submarine anyone?

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Christchurch, New Zealand

quite a few pics...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

and this was above the garden...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

from ethereal underwater to a wet lands display...

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se qld, Australia

Some people are so incredibly imaginative, and they've done a fantastic job too.

Dalfyre, I'm enjoying your pics far more than the majority of the 'official' ones - thankyou! :)

Christchurch, New Zealand

greenstone ( NZ Nephrite Jade), sculpture.
viewers were invited to touch & feel the different textures in the stone.

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se qld, Australia

It's difficult to imagine the planning and preparation that must go into creating any of these gardens. Firstly, coming up with a show-stopping concept would be difficult enough, then sourcing the perfect plants and finally putting it all together to look natural all at lightening speed.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Gardengal - glad you like them...
I was thinking of the DG members when I took the photos.
I wanted to share more than just how things looked but how I saw them - and that meant getting pics from some odd angles.
Glad there weren't huge crowds on the Sunday afternoon:)
This next pic shows clever use of borrowed landscape.
All those background trees are part of the park behind the display.
I think it would have looked odd without that bit of 'cheating'.

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Christchurch, New Zealand

something more traditional...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

pretty in pink...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

not a colour I would have in my garden but striking in a display

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Alpines...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I was quite taken with the unusual dainty alpines...

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Christchurch, New Zealand

more alpines

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Christchurch, New Zealand

I think I should have been a bit further back from the display for this photo...
I loved the intense blue of the flowers

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Christchurch, New Zealand

for the lily fans...
this pic really doesn't do the display justice.
And the scent - well it was divine.

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townsville, Australia

Keep them coming dalfyre, they are just lovely, i love the greenstone it is awsome.
shell

Merino, Australia

Dalfyre, I am just amazed at the talent and imagination. Your photos are great and certainly captured the things we all like. Those succulents look good enough to eat.
I did like the undersea effect.
Jean.

se qld, Australia

I asked about Dalfyre, with regard to the red succulent, does Sempervivum ring any bells?

I can see I am going to have to track down which one it is. I definitely NEED some. lol

Looking forward to seeing more pics when you have the time.

Pam

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