Small-town style

This gardener may not have a lot of plant range, or even a very big planted area, but he does have a lot of bright colour. Photo: Sandra Simpson

I stopped and took this photo in Bulls last week. The town has the tagline, A Town Like No Udder!, and has public buildings that carry signs saying, for example, Consta-bull (police station), Cure-a-bull (medical centre), Social-bull (hall). The town was actually named because of James Bull, who had a general store on the banks of the Rangitikei River (I suppose the phrase “going to Bull’s” turned into the town’s name). The garden is in the urban area along SH3. The bright front border stretches right along the garden edge, which would have to be about 40m as I think it’s a double section. One of the flags flying is that of Canada, not sure about the other two.

On the main road (SH1, Bulls end) in Sanson.

This gardener in Sanson (near Bulls) changes her mannequins every once in a while, this one is from a few years ago.

The old phone box was pictured in Athenree, near Waihi Beach, north of Tauranga. You have to wonder if there’s anybody in there under the grapevine.

And, finally, this garden found in Owaka, in the deep south of the South Island. The sign says “can you count the fairys” (sic). Blimey, I was so dazzled by the tea-pots I didn’t see any fairies. Here’s a small story about the garden and its owners.

Photos & text copyright Sandra Simpson and may not be re-used without permission.

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2 thoughts on “Small-town style

    • Boy, is it ever. I saw it as we were driving through, luckily it was on my side of the road, and made the Vege Grower screech to a halt so I could hop out and snap some pictures. Strangely intriguing and intriguingly strange.

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