The kowhais at my school are well and truly out - this afternoon I counted 5 tui at the top of one of them!
Oh wow! We have a tui that frequents the grounds so hopefully it will soon come lower. My kowhai at home is only now coming into bloom but a tree down the road is laden. - I think there are different varieties that flower at different times.
These blooms, kowhai are very unique! Wikipedia say that it is New Zealand's national flower. It also says that if you are bitten by a seal, you can apply an infusion of kowhai and the wound will heal instantly! Seal bites are common in Kiwi Land??Michèle
They are beautiful flowers though I don't think we would call them our 'national flower'. We have some other unique sort of plants here too as we have been isolated for so long as a landmass. Hmmmmm Wikipedia says some strange things sometimes. Seals were nearly wiped out here in the early 1800s by sealers from the northern hemisphere. They are making a resurgence, but are still not all that common, so bites are not common at all. I have never heard of applying kowhai- which doesn't mean it can't be used. I would be most amazed if any wound healed instantly. I think someone has written some silly things in Wikipedia in this instance...