My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

My Garden ~ Crimson Christmas Cheer



Hi! My special season’s greetings to you and the people who are special to you and best wishes to you all for a happy and peaceful New Year. 


I’m celebrating that the Pohutukawa trees I planted earlier this year are in bloom in time for Christmas. The drifts of white in the collage are the carrot weed flowers (wild carrot) which proliferate in the paddocks at this time of the year.  The cattle love the flower heads and the pukeko gouge and gorge on the roots.

The grandkids and their school-mates sang a neat New Zealand Christmas carol at their end-of-year playcentre and school prize-giving ceremonies – A Pukeko in a Ponga Tree which is sung  to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Enjoy our Kiwi down-under spirit.

Author: Jenny

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

4 thoughts on “My Garden ~ Crimson Christmas Cheer

  1. Your new tree blooms are beautiful. I remember when you first wrote about these. I enjoy learning about types of plants and animals from a different continent. Now that I see the flowers it definitely looks like a tree I used to grow in Florida. Do you have a lot of bees buzzing around these flowers?

  2. I haven’t been to your blog for a while and I love these flowers in your header. Even after you commented on the Christmas flowers I blogged about, I didn’t visit to see yours. They look so similar to Eucalyptus flowers, and I’ve just discovered that’s because they’re both Myrtaceae family. It never occured to me that Aust and NZ have such closely related species. When I think of NZ it’s always the animals that come to mind. They seem so different to Australia’s, but are probably still closely related. I’m so interested in Aust’s flora, but I know so little about other country’s, except if they’re weeds in Australia. Although I do grow NZ spinach in my garden.

  3. Hi Clare, another closely-related flower is our Manuka – or tea-tree as it’s sometimes called. Gums and eucalytpus do well here and look wonderful and dramatic in the landscape. I think NZ Pohutukawa species has ‘cousins’ throughout the Pacific region. Cheers, Jenny.

  4. Hi In21, yes, the bees buzz round these flowers. The nectar makes a wonderful honey. Cheers, Jenny.

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