Cherry blossom. Image: Su Leslie 2019
A broken branch has found a temporary home indoors where I can still enjoy the flowers, even as they fade. I love how their colour has intensified, and the petals look like dancers’ skirts.
I was given several seeds of this native plant, and this one is the first to germinate.
Although kakabeak is popular with gardeners in New Zealand, most plants are grown from a just few cultivars. In the wild, both Clianthus maximus and Clianthus puniceus are critically endangered.
Although it’s likely my seeds are from one of the common cultivars, it is still a wonderful plant to grow for its beauty and as a food source for native birds. Eventually.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
― Chinese proverb
Tulip: the colour edition. Image: Su Leslie 2019