New Zealand native bush doesn’t appear to have a lot of Spring colour. If you look closely though, you’ll find the most amazing colours, blossoms and shapes as new growth stretches towards the sun. Have a closer look next time you are out. I grabbed the camera one evening and got these photos from near the house.
|Puawananga (Clematis paniculata) blooms profusely here in Spring (left). The|
male flowers are larger than the female ones and borne on separate vines
|Not sure if you can see the detail here so may have to post these as|
larger pics sometime
|Blechnum fern fronds on left, plantain (middle) and green shades galore|
along the roadside
|Purple makomako Aristotelia serrata blossom (left and middle),|
kapuka Griselinia littoralis on the right
|Lime green fern on left, wonderful shapes (middle) and |
pate Schefflera digitata on right
|I think this is Blechnum discolor - still furled tightly on the right|
|These white flowers make a lovely display along the roads but I haven't|
been able to identify it yet. They close up at night and the flowers are quite
papery - almost like everlasting flowers. ? Lagenifera or Helichrysum spp.
|Native kotukutuku Fuchsia excorticata in flower. The pollen of the|
tree fuchsia is blue and the flowers change colour from green to purple
to deep red as they age.