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The first Ipheions have started to flower.

Ipheions/Spring Star Flowers

These Spring Star Flowers are related to onions, and grow prolifically everywhere in our garden.  Apparently this flower’s energetic properties are ‘restoration of soul purpose’ and finding your own ‘True North’.

“The Spring Star Flower may just be
a compass point for you and me.”

 

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Have you seen our new $1.20 stamps?  They have lovely designs showing the story of Te Ika-a-Maui (Maui and the Fish).   The top one in my photo depicts an impending storm.  Maui stowed away on his brother’s waka, aware that a storm was looming and it would bring him greatness.

The second picture shows the launch of the waka when the weather was calm and the winds looked favourable for a quick trip to their favourite fishing grounds.  There are a further four stamps which give the rest of the story of how Maui fished up the North Island, but these were not available when I bought my stamps this morning.  The stamps were designed by David Hakaria of Te Whanganui-a-tara (Wellington).

It’s sad that the recent increase in postage for a standard letter will probably mean people send even fewer of these.  The post I send these days is limited mainly to cards for special occasions.  Now there’s no more fast post you can’t even pay to have something arrive quickly.  The fact that post is delivered only on three days a week means that I post cards a week early to ensure they arrive in time for a birthday.

Email and Facebook are wonderful, but they have smothered our older forms of communication.

“These pretty stamps will only be
used for special delivery.”

 

 

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Floral Friday

My new hyacinths are starting to flower, and smell divine.  Their name is “Blue Eyes”.  I planted these back in April, after having chilled them in the fridge for a couple of weeks.  Three bulbs were planted in this pot, but sadly only two have appeared.

“My hyacinths are just two-thirds
I cannot blame this loss on birds.”

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Floral Friday

This deep blue polyanthus makes a lovely splash of colour beside the gate.  The blue woman was broken in the earthquake but enough remains to grace the garden.

The polyanthus is related to the primrose.  In olden times it was suggested that if you plant primroses in your garden you will attract fairies, because the flowers are a key into fairyland.  There is a German legend about a little girl who found a doorway covered in flowers, and when she touched it with a primrose, the door opened up, leading into an enchanted fairy castle.

“With polyanthus growing nigh
perhaps a fairy will come by.”

 

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Lunch outside on June 30th

Yesterday it was warm enough for us to have lunch outside.  After a frosty start the sun shone, the sky was blue, and we were glad to soak up Vitamin D.  All this will help to boost the number of sunshine hours in June.  A few weeks ago we were being told this was the dullest June for 37 years.

“Midwinter sun was good to see
and washing could dry naturally.”

 

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Sun Seeker

When there’s a tiny bit of sun in the morning Ziggy will move onto the window sill, instead of occupying my printer.

Ziggy on window sill in sunshine

He knows all the warmest spots.

“He is a fluffy mastermind
at seeking warmth for his behind.”

 

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Floral Friday

I couldn’t resist buying a bunch of tulips for $7 at the supermarket this morning.

I planted tulip bulbs two months ago, but they have not yet appeared.

Tulips were first discovered in Turkey a thousand years ago, and the story of their origin is reminiscent of Romeo and Juliet.  In Turkish legend, there were once two star-crossed lovers, a princess named Shirin, and Farhad, a stonemason.  Shirin’s father opposed the love match because a princess could not be allowed to marry a lowly tradesman, so he ordered Farhad to complete a difficult task.  While the stonemason was off doing this,  Shirin’s father sent him a message saying that the princess was dead.  Overcome by grief, Farhad took his own life.  Once Shirin heard this news, she ran off to find him.  When she discovered his body, she too killed herself, and as their blood pooled together, it formed the tulip.

The tulip eventually made its way to Holland, where it became the national flower, and is associated with good luck and fortune, as well as love.

“The tulip’s story sounds so sad
but flowers this lovely make us glad.”

 

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