Friday, November 7, 2014

Native blooms ~ Floral Friday

When I conjure up an image of our New Zealand native blooms, I think of two very beautiful trees with spectacular flowers. It is the perfect time of the year to capture the breathtaking bursts of colour from these flowers 

The first is  flowering at the moment, I love the bright yellow flowers  of the Kowhai  tree which remind me of sunshine and look like tassels. These trees get the attention from all the native birds around, like the tui, bellbird, kereu (wood pigeon) who feast on the sweet nectar.
This lovely specimen is growing down the road.

The second is the pretty crimson flowers from the Pohutukawa trees, which can often be seen growing along the coastline.
This is considered the NZ Christmas tree, as it makes for a pretty sight when it flowers over the Christmas period. The photos here were taken last year.

  Floral Friday is a monthly photography project with different themes each month. This series is about fun and taking time out to smell the flowers. To play along next time, please email Trishie for next month's theme.

Thank you all once more for your lovely comments on my Mothers passing. It is great to have friends from all around the world and I appreciate the comfort and support from reading your very kind messages.
I look forward to coming to visit you and see how you are.

Happy weekend


  1. Good evening dear one. Lovely plants that speak gentleness and beauty. Hoping you are at peace. HUGS, Anita

  2. That tree is amazing!!!! My goodness it is so very interesting to see natives from other areas of the world! The blooms of that Kowhai tree look like little ballerinas!!! What a feast for the eyes! Wishing you all the best dear friend! Nicole xoxo

  3. The Kowhai blooms look so pretty and I have to agree with Nicole - they look like little ballerinas. Love that last picture with the Pohutukawa against the water

  4. My dear Carolyn,
    today I can join this lovely Blog Hop again, so glad :O)
    The tress you have shon, are wonderful, Yellow like the Sun, and Red like Fire ... Georgeous! Thank you so much fo sharing!
    Wishing you a good weekend,
    sending Love and hugs,and all my best wishes for you and your family!

  5. Beautiful pictures and beautiful trees I have never heard/seen!
    We have got plenty of snow last night, trees are white now :)
    Happy Week end!
    - Markka -

  6. Dear Carolyn, it is wonderful to see flowers I have never seen. And the names! Never heard of. Groetjes from the other site of the globe. Hetty

  7. Blessings my beautiful friend. big hugs............I loved the glorious photographs. We are expected cold weather soon and I am sure snow soon to follow. Enjoy the beauty of the sunshine and warmth and flowers. Love Jeanne

  8. Hi Carolyn , que lindas imágenes de ese hermoso árbol,,que tengas un óptimo fin de semana

  9. My dear friend,
    Plants and great pictures..
    Sending you blessings and love xxx

  10. Many hugs to you sweet Carolyn....thank you for coming back!

  11. Oh wow - those are some beautiful blooms indeed!!! Have a great weekend :-)

  12. liebe carolyn, danke für die wunderschönen bilder, ich finde es sehr interessant, den baum kenne ich nicht!!! liebe grüße von angie aus deutschland und ein schönes wochenende

  13. Hello my dear Carolyn, so lovely to see you here again,-
    The fantastic nature you show, are totally a stranger for my eyes, up here North !! The Kowhai tree flowers , looks stunning , and even kind of unnaturel for me, to see them hanging there, on the tree, without any leaves ..but so beautiful they are. The other tree, is really looking as a kind of gorgeous Christmas tree, blooming just in time for December !!
    My dear friend, take care of yourself, and have a beautiful weekend,- you are in my thoughts.
    Hugs from Dorthe

  14. Lovely trees...the yellow is beautiful:) Have a good weekend Carolyn:)
    ~Anne xx

  15. The flowers of the Kowhai tree look like no other flower I've ever seen before. I can definitely see why they remind of you sunshine and tassels. Happy weekend Carolyn!

  16. Big hug from me.....happy weekend...Caroline..?....Will you please send me your adress...!? Ria....x!

  17. Hi Carolyn, love both trees and their gorgeous blooms. How wonderful to have such beauty to view. Wishing you a nice weekend as my thoughts and prayers remain with you!!
    Hugs and Blessings

  18. I love to see trees that we don't have here in Australia. I have never seen a Kowhia tree flowering before. We do grow the new Zealand Christmas tree.
    Hugs Kay

  19. Dearest Carolyn,
    What a beautiful 'tassel-like' flowers that are! And also the bright crimson flowers are so pretty. Enjoy your spring time and have a lovely weekend.

  20. These are very lovely and unusual flowering trees! So bright and cheerful. I enjoyed seeing them! Hugs xo

  21. Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mío, esta semana seguro que muchos de vosotros no resistiríamos la tentación de comerse un buen puñado de castañas calentitas. Pero sabeu cuál es el origen de esta fiesta? ¿Por qué, año tras año, cuando llega el otoño, nos gusta reunirnos con la familia o con los amigos para tostar las castañas y comérnoslas juntos y por eso adornamos la casa. Os explicare algunas razones y cómo decorar el hogar para esta ocasion, Deseo que te guste y si es así y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas, gracias por visitarme.

  22. They are beautiful flowers. I have not seen them before, but I really enjoyed seeing these. xx

  23. Hi Carolyn! I love the flowers! But those that you show us in this post are very strange!
    Have a nice sunday!

  24. Oh so lovely small yellow flowers in the tree...beautiful!
    It´s always a pleasure to take a look at your blog!
    Have a happy weekend, take care...

  25. Dear Carolyn
    I´m so sorry about your mother...I´m sure she is proud of you as you have write a very pretty post about her
    I love that tress and their trees

  26. Hi Carolyn! Both trees are wonderful, just love the kowhai, its vibrant and rich shade is fantastic! Happy Sunday, kisses! xo

  27. Oh gosh I'm so sorry about your Mother - loss is such a difficult thing to go through, it's nice that you're able to reflect on all her amazing qualities. Those yellow blooms look like they belong out of a Disney films - little yellow ballerinas perhaps! Thanks for sharing and definitely sending my love!

  28. Hi Carolyn! Lovely blog and what pretty trees. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following!

    imsarahgrace art, photography, and design

  29. Dear Carolyn!
    You live on such a dreamy place on earth with these beautiful trees!!!!!
    Hope you are well and I wish you a happy next week!
    With love,

  30. This was a real treat. WOW! what a beautiful tree, never heard of these trees. Thanks so much. yvonne

  31. Carolyn,
    I love looking at the flower pictures you take because you bring out their beauty so well. These are very unusual looking, and such a pretty color. I hope you're doing ok. I know how hard it is to lose someone so dear to you. Thinking of you tonight, Carolyn, and I hope you have a great week ahead.


  32. All of your pictures are very beautiful. The Christmas tree is amazing.

  33. Dear Carolyn,
    How I enjoyed these beautiful photos. I had never viewed a Kowhai tree before... Just lovely.

    Thank you so much for you visit and kind thoughts. I have been away from the computer, tending to Jasper... He is all recovered and doing well.. Now I am just trying to kick a nasty flu for the past week.
    I have kept you in my thoughts and hope you are well.
    blessings dear friend,

  34. It is good to see flowers. Here everything is turning into winter.

  35. These trees are stunning and so unusual. How lovely to have those gorgeous red blooms around Christmas time.

  36. waw looks like we posted about very similar blooms this go round! :)

  37. Dear Carolyn,

    Hope you are well and the funeral service of your mother was beautiful.

    The flowers on the yellow tree look spectacular! Never seen anything like it.

    Have a lovely day!

    Madelief x


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