Beltane the spring festival: October 31

Beltane the spring festival: October 31

It’s peak greening time – halfway between spring equinox and summer solstice. Everything is growing apace. The nikaus are brightly spreading their fans, pohutukawas are pushing out new, light green foliage, and everywhere, the cabbage trees are flowering....
Street Flowers

Street Flowers

 To walk around the streets is to be greeted by flowers. I love yellow roses, and these ones, just popping out of their buds, are sheer delight.  A corokio hedge has been newly cut, but its flowers are determined to bloom. I love their little star-like...
Wildflowers

Wildflowers

At the bach, I’m pulling out some wild flowers – onion weed mainly – and delighting in others. This little blue flower is growing down the driveway, making me stop to admire the intensity of the blue (the photo does not do the colour justice). Does...
Spring combat

Spring combat

Spring sets the birds a-fighting. I hear the urgent flutter of wings, and there they are, up in the air, flying furiously at each other. I would have thought that there was plenty of territory and plenty of food, but these young blackbirds would not agree. You can see...
Blossom

Blossom

As I walk the streets, I discover blossom abounding everywhere. Blossoming branches are painting the sky like fluffy brushes. Blossom is frothing out of bushes and on to the pavement sending its fragrance into the air and attracting a myriad of bees Like spring snow...
Brightness returning

Brightness returning

In the sharp light of spring, I’m seeing things I didn’t notice before. Today the bromeliads were shining in the light, their centres red and bright. They are happily drinking, having caught plenty of  rain in their centres. This one shows the...
Leafing time (2)

Leafing time (2)

The magnolia, that I’ve been watching putting out its buds, has now flowered. The next phase has been leafing. So many trees put out blossoms on bare branches, but leaves need to follow, for it’s the leaves that supply energy to the tree and allow the...
Leafing time

Leafing time

Spring growth is accelerating. This is the melia tree coming into leaf, so delicately.  Two weeks ago it was showing little leaf buds only. And the flame tree makes me smile, in the way it is putting out just one little leaf cluster – you can see it to the...