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My Garden ~ Crimson Christmas Cheer

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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. 

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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 http://folksong.org.nz/nzchristmas/pukeko.html which is sung  to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas.  Enjoy our Kiwi down-under spirit.

Author: Jenny

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 put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

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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