Central Plateau, North Island

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

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

The Wind Blew, and overnight all the leaves fell


Last night there were gale winds in Northland and Auckland, and further south severe flooding. We escaped it all, just wind and some rain here. The Weeping Silver Pear Tree has lost almost every leaf, but more white blossoms have bloomed this morning. The Scarlet Oak is, also, showing two tiniest patches of a few leaves, the rest are brown and piled up on the lawn.

Rhododendrons have bloomed gloriously, deep pink and shining red.

The fire is lit, and happiness is  coffee ,a good book and fireside warmth.

Silver pear blossom in June

Weeping Silver Pear, wind blown

Scarlet Oak leaves

Scarlet Oak after the wind

Another Rhododendron June 2014

Rhododendron in glorious Shocking Pink

Quotation of the day, from Percy Bysshe Shelley

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

Greetings from Jean


TexWisGirl said...

i like your welcoming of cooler seasons as i am dreading heading into the texas summer. :)

Georgia said...

We've had wind as well as thunderstorms are moving across the area. No fires needed though.

Julie Fukuda said...

Love those flowers hanging n for dear life! I also have to admit that I appreciate garden trees that drop their leaves all at once (That being said by the kid who's job it was to rake the lawn on the edge of a forest>)

Linda said...

The flowers are gorgeous, Jean!

Susan Heather said...

Those Rhododendrons look great. Yes, it did rain and blow here over the last couple of days.

Here I Am Carrie said...

I am not sure I have heard of Rhodes blooming in the fall. All ones on the coastal areas around Canada and the States that I have seen bloom only in the spring. What added color they must bring to the fall. Well my dear stay warm and time to start snuggling up with a good book or crafts again. May Gods blessing always be a part of your life.
Hugs Carrie

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to enjoy this wonderful climate!

eileeninmd said...

It is nice to still see color of the rhodo! Lovely quote. Enjoy your day and week ahead.

Jim said...

Isn't it a good thought that 'spring' is around the corner and the cycle continues. We need fall and winter with all its beauty to balance our appreciation for life and nature.
Great photos Jean!

Carol Mattingly said...

We've had a ton of rain here as well. Glad you missed that bad wind. Sounds like you're all cozy!

Our photos said...

Very nice flowers !

KB Bear said...

I had no idea that rhododendrons could bloom in the winter! They're beautiful.

Enjoy the cozy time by the fire. It's one of the best parts of winter.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

I love your words and your photos.........I assume, you are going into fall.......or winter there? We are getting into the summer and this year we have had a lot of rain and tolerable temperature. Stay warm and enjoy your coffee and book!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Beautiful Rhodos!