Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Harakeke summer

I love when this New Zealand flax blooms. It's a treat because it doesn't flower every year. Our garden has several specimens that support local bird and insect (and the occassional rat family)  
The flowers are small and colourful and fleeting. They quickly darken and turn into shiny seed pods. Beginning with a shot of bright orange in the evening light in the trees.

The orange is the pod part that protects the developing flower drops away to reveal the little blooms.
This one is just outside our bedroom window. I love the bright orange red against the silver stems.
Some of the plants are absolutely laden with stems of flowers.
This one has some influence on today's weaving maybe?