The kowhai trees in our garden are starting to coming out in bloom. We have approximately 50 of them, and most are very old. As kowhai trees are slow growers, it has been suggested they are 40 to 50 years old. These trees attract our native bird, the tui. They come to feed from the nectar.
A few varieties have flowered early and we've had two resident tui feeding from the flowers. But now many of the others are coming into bloom and the tui numbers are increasing. Last count was 12. Each day the haze of yellow deepens and spreads.
They hop and fly amongst the tree tops and sing and chatter, it's lovely to hear them.
We have many trees and plants that the birds seem to like and I'll try and keep them in mind when I plant new things in the garden.
I'm pleased they are smart enough to stay in the tree tops, well away from any scheming cats!