Blossom, Havelock North town centre. Image: Su Leslie 2018
Thinking ahead to spring, and some warmer, if not drier weather.
A couple of years ago we visited Havelock North in Hawkes Bay. The pretty town centre was planted with dozens of trees, all in blossom.
Bing Dawe’s sculpture is one of three in the town, which draw attention to the loss of wetlands and consequently the life that depends on it.
‘From The Draining. Diminishing Returns, Eels.’ Bing Dawe, 2008. Sited in Havelock North town centre. Image: Su Leslie 2018
With few flowers surviving the wind and rain here, these blossom are also my #fridayflowers
Feijoa blossom. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Rain has set in for the day, with lightening strikes and hail forecast.
I’m hoping all the new buds and plants survive, including the feijoas (Acca sellowiana). In all the years we’ve had feijoa trees, this is the first time I’ve seen significant flowering.
Apple? blossom. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Yuzu blossom and fruit bud. Image: Su Leslie 1019
The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. — Michael Pollan
Enjoying the blossom as a gift on a grey, windy day. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Hung with gold; Kowhai, Sophora microphylla. Image: Su Leslie 2019
Last week plum blossom; the week kowhai. Image: Su Leslie 2019
First blossom: plum tree. Image: Su Leslie 2019
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There aren’t many flowers around right now; with even the hydrangea and agapanthus looking well past their best.
In the northern hemisphere though, Spring is arriving, and with it blossom.
So for those still shivering in winter temperatures, or staring at the dessicated ground where flowers used to be, the promise– or maybe the memory — of cherry blossom