Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Sky in the East and the West

 

Today Hugh and I went to a Garden Festival in Feilding, about 20 minutes from home. Lots and lots of  stalls, some in tents, others in huge marquees, plants, soaps, candles, brass items, bamboo pillows, stoneware pots and pans, nick-nacks, necklaces and bags, planters in stone concrete and pottery, cane baskets,  and much more.

We came home with 7 stunning flax plants, I’m  still deciding where they will go in the garden. The late afternoon sky had some clouds, in the West,  and a sliver of a the moon in the East.  Do you know, the same Moon shines in the North for all my friends up there, as it does down here.  Just a small piece of unnecessary information for everyone   !!!

Some PP on this, although the pine trees were  already shining red and bright green in the late sunshine.

 

Eastern sky with the Moon just above the pine trees

Three flax plants here, still in their planter bags, waiting  to go  in the garden, 4 more in another pottery bowl.

 Flax plants

Clouds in the West

Quotation of the day, from Albert Camus

"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."

Greetings from Jean

21 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Nancy, your plants are pretty. And you have a lovely shots of the moon and sky! have a happy weekend!

Nancy J said...

Thanks Eileen, I could have come home with a trailer full, but we just had the station wagon..Just as well, would have been a heavy load on the wallet. Yes, the skies have had that red/pink/purple tinge lately, signs of cooler temperatures. Have a great weekend to you too. Cheers,Jean.

Susan Heather said...

Lovely skies and wonderful colours in the flax.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

It's that wonderful time of year, isn't it?
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Georgia said...

Glad you AND Hugh were able to take in the event. I often had the same thought on viewing the moon when I lived in JP.

TexWisGirl said...

your moon trivia made me smile. :) lovely flax plants!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

How pretty! I think I need to search for these lovely plants- they would look so pretty in rock garden! I love festivals..but they are so rare in my area.

Karen said...

Oh Jean, I love the vibrancy of that first shot, it's gorgeous. The flax is pretty, I've never seen it before.

Carol Mattingly said...

Beautiful images. I loved the blue sky with moon. Happy ?Mothers Day Jean.

Barb said...

Jean, I like those plants - are you still putting things outside in the garden? We're due for snow here overnight and tomorrow (even in the city). (Guess I won't be wearing my new capri pants for Mothers Day!) Happy Mothers day to you, Jean.

Nancy J said...

This is a New Zealand Phormium, "Sundowner" , hardy and evergreen. and OK to plant now. Terri, it would be great in a rock garden and I see at "Village Nurseries" that many varieties of NZ flax are available including this one!! Now, how about that, a little part of NZ over there. Barb, I planted pansies last week, they should flower until at least August, providing we do not get snow like 2011.And, almost a frost this morning, about 2.5 C at the coldest. The fire is going, coffee finished, and maybe get to sew some more blocks today. Cheers to all, Jean.

Our photos said...

Very nice flax plants !

Linda said...

These are extremely lovely, Jean! Happy Mother's Day to you! :)

Michaele said...

I am so glad you posted a photo of a flax plant. I have never seen one. Is this where flax seed comes from? The market sounds delightful.

Jim said...

It is an amazing planet we live on, isn't it Jean! We look at the same moon all over this earth of ours.
I really like those flax plants! They wouldn't survive our harsh winters here in Nova Scotia but I can admire them from afar!

That sounded like a wonderful Garden festival....plenty to see and do!

Have a wonderful week Jean!

Lindsjö taxar said...

Lovely skies.....the plant looks great. Not sure what they are ....

Eggs In My Pocket said...

How wonderful the festival sounds! Hope the flax plants do well. What beautiful photos! Have a wonderful Mothers Day!

Hannah said...

There surely was a lot to look at there, the flax plants look great. They wouldn't grow for me here but some people nearer water can grow them. I like the variegation. I think the star constellations you can see are different at least in part, but that's interesting about the moon, I haven't thought about it, whether the view is exactly the same or not. I hope you had a Happy Mother's Day!

Janet said...

It is so cool when the sun and moon are in the sky together. And to think that the same moon is visible here as is there is mind boggling to me. I thought I was on a different planet in Australia. :) Love your flax plants. They are very pretty.

sophie...^5 said...

Flax has difficulty growing in our climate so seeing yours just puts a smile on my face. The moon isn't that the best revelation for all time ~~ the same everywhere!

Your visit to the Garden Festival sounds quite lovely so much to see, touch, smell, taste and hear of course.

Cheers from Canada on lovely Spring morning as the azaleas are starting to pop out ~~ loving this moment!!
Ron

Gary Phillips said...

Great post!! Bobbi's coat is a fleece lined nylon coat. It was the winter that curtailed everything with constant changing temperatures, and ice. Great to hear from you. Take care. Boom, Bobbi and Gary.