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A Sunday stroll through Dunedin Botanic Gardens

Zenobia Southcombe

Last weekend I made some time to visit the botanic gardens here in Dunedin. There are a range of native and international sections, including an aviary. What jumped out to me most was the vast, colourful rock gardens.

It was lovely to take a slow ramble in the sunshine for some quiet time.  


Welcome to the Blue Mushroom Books blog

Zenobia Southcombe

Hi, I'm Zee. I'm the human behind Blue Mushroom Books, which I started to share my fascination with, and my love for, Aotearoa New Zealand (you can read the formal version of this on the About Page). Basically, I'm a bit of a New Zealand nerd, in case you can't tell from the choice of books we sell!

But. This blog isn't about the books we sell. It's about some of the awesome things that I learn, and fun (or not-so-fun) adventures around New Zealand. For example, did you know that we have native carnivorous plants? Or that the super rare shepherd's beaked whales can be foun din large numbers off the Otago coast? Or that you can race tea pots in Oamaru at the national Steampunk Festival?

Yeah. Pretty awesome.

Ka kite ano ~ Zee xx

Illustration etc. update for Plantae Aotearoa

Zenobia Southcombe

This week has been pretty lazy here at Blue Mushroom Books HQ. I have been making space at the home studio to continue working on the leatherback turtle picture book, and preparing for my Nature Journalling class (spaces still available), and watching lots of nature documentaries.

Plantae Aotearoa is slowly growing, with some of the completed illustrations below, and a few more people to interview. I found an old New Zealand Geographic magazine (Jul-Aug 2013) in an op shop that happened to have a piece on the Three Kings Islands, so currently I am working on a report about them. 

It includes what was once known as the World's Rarest Tree, and a raft of other unique flora including a species of hebe that's gained popularity overseas. 

I'm loving this learning journey as I research and find out more about how fascinating our plant life in Aotearoa really is.