Friday Flowers

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Image: Su Leslie 2020

We woke this morning to frost on the ground and ice on the roof outside our bedroom window. But blue skies beckon and even a short walk in the neighbourhood feels good.

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Image: Su Leslie 2020

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Image: Su Leslie 2020

To touch a hundred flowers

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Rhododendrons, Pukekura Park, New Plymouth, NZ. Image; Su Leslie 2019

“I will be the gladdest thing under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers and not pick one.”
― Edna St. Vincent Millay

Of all the things I long for when the current rahui ends, long walks in public gardens is high on my list. In the meantime, I’m searching my archives for garden-visits-past.

Today we’re in Pukekura Park — in springtime.  Covering 52 hectares in central New Plymouth, the park first opened 1876. The boating lake was built in 1878, and in 1931, the Tea House was added — a gift by a former mayor and his wife to mark their golden wedding anniversary. Walking trails take you through fern glades and rhododendron dells, over bridges and alongside the lake. It’s a beautiful, peaceful place. Perfect for a Friday Flowers stroll.

 

Purples and blue

There’s definitely some colour-coding of what’s blooming — and fading — in my garden.

Friday Flowers