Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday stills: Wild Flowers



I love these tiny flowers. I loved them more when I was told they are called forget me nots. I send it to all my friends. I found patches of these at Mt Albert Volcano.


To most people, the dandelion is a weed, but you can eat the leaves and drink tea from the roots. So Now, my garden is full of them.



Little girls like to make flower chains from these little daisy flowers. They are very small like a ten cts piece. I used to spend hours digging them out. But not anymore. Many New Zealand children earned their first pocket money doing this.



These tiny flowers oxalis  have leaves like clover. They grow at the edges of my house and garage. A meticulous gardener would have thrown then out. Now you know I am a lazy gardener. I am so lazy that I even wrote an article of "How to be a lazy gardener."



These grow wild as tall as a person. I have yet found any one who knows it's name.



We went on a long track at the Waitakeres, and that day the track was delayed because I stopped all the time to take photos. Luckily the big man and the little man didn't complain.



I had to stop the driver so I could take this photo.



To the West of Auckland, there were big patches of these beautiful flowers. I told the water engineer, when I die, I like to lie among God's creation. None of those man grown flowers. I doubt he would send Sam out west to pick the flowers to put on top of my coffin.

This reminds me of when my Dad died at a ripe old age of eighty four, We remembered that Dad used to grow his favourite North Borneo Orchid. They were pure white and it took a long time to bloom. My younger sister Margaret requested the florist specially for these North Borneo Orchid. The poor florist, he scoured the whole city of Kuching and there was none.




Flax is an important plant to the Maoris. Before they harvest them to make baskets, they ask for blessing. After all the weaving, they put "waste" back to the plants. It is intereting, I recently took a Royal Brunei flight. Before taking off, they also also had prayers to ask for blessing.

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16 comments:

Ed said...

Very nice shots, I'm glad to see ya'll have some colour in the winter, here its all browm..:-)

WhimsybyMari said...

great to see flowers from different part of the world. I must be a lazy Gardener too, I love anything that blooms.

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

Ed and Whimsybymari said exactly what I was gonna say! Great pics!

chloe said...

lovely photos :)

Pacey said...

Ah, you have a lot of wild flowers for us. All are lovely.

Anonymous said...

Such a nice selection!

Holly said...

we have a few of the same type of flower. The bit about the flax was interesting.

thecrazysheeplady said...

Very nice - interesting flower variations!

Tammie Lee said...

Fun post, so much to see and consider. Fun that you let the dandelions grow, they are a friend to me. Great that your little and big man are kind when you take lots of photos!

Far Side of Fifty said...

I like the dandelions sunny disposition..and they aren't fussy either! I am also a lazy gardener! Thanks for sharing a tiny bit of your world with us! :)

zulluzoe said...

well done from the southern hemisphere :-)

Kilauea Poetry said...

These are lovely & I like the info you posted as well. That patch is so pretty (the one you got the driver to stop)? The flax too. Have a great day there-

flowerweaver said...

Very nice selection. The plant with clover-like leaves looks like what we call Wood Sorrell, an Oxalis. The leaves taste lemony and we use them in small quantities in our salad.

I recently saw a demonstration on how the pioneers turned the flax into cloth. We have some native flax here, but I do not know if they have the fibers.

As always, I enjoy the stories that go with your photos!

M.Kate said...

wow...nice wild flowers..I dont think we have them here..ours are just lalang which we need to weed off..have a great week :P

Jama said...

Your garden must really be so lovely with so many of the beautiful weeds flower! I've never took Royal Brunei, so this is the first time I heard of a blessing before flight.

CTG Ponies said...

A great selection of photos.