The colour of leaves

by | Dec 1, 2011 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

Yes, I know. this looks like an autumn post. But I assure you, even though spring has now tipped into early summer, this is the season for colourful pohutukawa (and other) leaves. They drop to the ground in many colours. The green one has had its colour bleached out by the fall of another leaf on top of it. Last summer, the little fairy and I played a lot with pohutukawa leaves.

Today, we went down to the jetty and gathered all the leaves we could find. This is where spring comes in: the youthful season, the season of play. And so she wanted to sit down and make arrangements of leaves, all over her frilly skirt, and down her leg.

I love the vibrant colours, and so did she. We are going to be together again for Christmas Day and she has requested a ‘flax Christmas tree’. My creativity is stimulated by her challenges. A flax Christmas tree sounds pretty good to me, and I’m getting some ideas about how it can be made. Watch this space!


  1. Lynley

    Your wee one wears the most gorgeous dresses and colours.

    I am keen to see what your flax Xmas tree looks like. The flax flowers are looking a little like Xmas tree candles in a southern hemisphere way.

  2. juliet

    Thanks Lynley; now there’s an idea: to use the flowers as ‘candles’. They certainly are flame-like.

  3. Marja

    oh what a creative couple you are You are going to have the greatest christmas tree

  4. juliet

    thanks Marja; it will certainly be different anyway!

  5. lifeonthecutoff

    How thoroughly delightful! Please take some photos of your flax tree, Juliet. I am so enchanted by the thought of it. Isn’t it wondrous how young children see the world and how open they are to possibilities?

  6. Anne Dean Ruffell

    What a lovely idea! I can see the red coloured leaves from the pohutukawa covered in glitter and sequins hanging from the flower stems of the flax! The colours of her dress are glorious – a real little princess. Am looking forward to seeing your creation!

  7. juliet

    thank you Anne and Penny. Yes, it’s wonderful to see the world through a child’s eyes, Penny. And Anne, what great ideas to use the red pohutukawa leaves. Her dress colours are gorgeous. Her mother finds these lovely clothes on TradeMe, second hand, and she’s started dressing up when she comes to visit. So of course I can’t resist whipping out the camera each time.

  8. growMama

    i am so looking forward to seeing what flaxen beauty your wonderfully creative mind comes up with! FUn!


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