This website gets part of its name from Jubilee Street, the street where I live. This morning I went for a walk with my camera. Take a look for yourself!
It looks a very ordinary street, and that is a true perspective. But anywhere that is ordinary is often worth a closer look.
Here, a brightly coloured bush is jammed up to the fence by a parked car.
The flower resembles the head of a "Bird of Paradise". The plant gets its name from this resemblance and so is called "Bird of Paradise".
This plant, a native of New Zealand, is called a Hebe. I have seen many Hebe on the upper slopes of the Ruahines. They are all white. Nurserymen have developed pink cultivars.
The Racines of the flowers mature from the bottom.
This double trunk belongs to a Sycamore. The wood is highly prized for timber. I can visualise the flutes I could make from this wood. I have to resist the temptation to cut the tree down for its wood!
This foto reveals the sycamores relation to maples. It has the double winged seeds and the five fingered leaves.
The street is lined with maples. Some maples provide tone wood for musical instruments like violin and guitar. This one provides shelter and beauty for the street.
The double winged seeds are shown here in close-up. They hang in bunches. The trees on this street could provide enough seeds to start an entire forest.
This is the trunk of Kowhai. I have turned wood from Kowhais and it is very beautiful. However, as this tree shows, older trees have insect holes. Even so, for flute making, you can get around that.
The foliage allows a lot of light through. It is not a great shade tree. It does have beautiful yellow flowers. They are not in bloom at this time of year.
Although the ripening seed pod only has one seed, as shown here, they normally have 5 to 15.
This tree is the same shape as yew trees. If it is not a yew tree, then it is a close cousin. There are many cousins of this tree... the juniper, the macrocarpa, the lawsonianana, the cypresses of the many kinds that grow around the world.... .and the trees in that famous van Gogh painting.
When a branch sticks out like this one, trim it to maintain the trees strict but beautiful form.
The foliage takes a bit from the needle trees and the shapes that like a leaf. A leaf of needles!
The Jacarandas are coming into bloom.
Hybrid roses may still bloom, but this briar [wandering] rose has bloomed its last blooms for the spring.
I took this foto because this plant illustrates the difference between other plants and bamboo. Here the leaves and flowers are next to each other, and this will happen every year. Bamboos rarely flower. Once in a hundred years even. When they do, it can devastate the plant. It may die.
Plants never tire of being original when it comes to the form the flowers take.
A while back, cabbage trees were threatened with a virus. Now they are thriving. Look at the seed on this one.
Two cultivars of native flax.
The reason for flaxes popularity in home gardens is this flower shown here. It provides nectar for birds, but in particular for Tuis. The tui is known for its striking song. It is bright and clear a quite varied. Tuis are known for imitating other sounds like alarms or bicycle bells.
A banksia tree growing over the flax bushes. It will make visiting Aussies feel at home.
I am only half way through my journey. Tomorrow's blog will complete it.
Cheers, Chris the Pipemaker.