The Tui

The Kowhai tree in the garden has suddenly sprung into life this week and from what seems like nowhere, beautiful golden blossoms have appeared. I swear I didn't even see it budding! Sitting outside, enjoying the last bit of the warm evening air, doing a spot of knitting and drinking a nice cold beer, I... Continue Reading →

The bee patch

Every summer, I feel very sorry when I take the lawn mower to the beautiful long grass, and all the lovely wild flowers growing in it.  There are many bees happily buzzing about in there, enjoy the sweet nectar.  A common sight in my childhood, New Zealand honey bees have become less and less over... Continue Reading →

The Kaka and the Tui in the Kowhai tree

This is the Kowhai, the New Zealand native spring blossom tree: We were in the Wellington Botanical Gardens yesterday evening where there are a number of  Kowhai trees in flower.  "Kowhai" (ko'fai) is the widely used Maori name for this tree.  It means "yellow".  It flowers in Spring, a mass of beautiful yellow bell-shaped flowers.... Continue Reading →

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