A spontaneous visit to the botanical gardens in Wellington this afternoon. Its been very mild, sunny weather lately, and I was amazed by the amount of colourful blooms on show - magnolias, rhodos, camellias, jonquils, violets. And daphne - some little corners were almost overwhelmingly fragrant. Conveniently, the gardens have an excellent playground (although its a bit of an uphill hike), so everyone is happy. And time for a quick botany lesson on the way home.