THE KOWHAI FLOWER.the flowers go from this to this! They hang in clusters and look so delicate.
I took these photos of this flower on the weekend. I have seen a few blogs that have had some really pretty blooms on so thought this flower might intrest you. It is "kowhai" ( pronounced co-fi) the 'w' is silent. It is a native of n.z. We have it growing here all over the place, lots of different varieties. The photo on my blog header has a big fat wood pidgeon sitting in my tree . Those birds really love the young shoots and litrally strip the tree bare!! Then the 'tui's' come along and drink the nectre from the flowers too. Here are some pics. I also did an applique wallhanger of the tui. It was done about 10 years ago . It was one of my first trys at hand applique . the flowers were bit of a challenge but i did it.