Ageing with style

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.

Monday Macro


Macro Monday


Kakabeak; Clianthus maximus, or kōwhai ngutukākā in Māori. Image: Su Leslie 2019

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