26 August 2009

Tagasaste (tree lucerne)

TagasasteTagasaste is better known in the valley as "tree lucerne". It's flowering profusely right now, and is great food for birds (kereru, tui and korimako in particular) and bees (bumblebees and honeybees). That's the Pohangina river in the background.

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8 comments:

Zhoen said...

Have you got the color version of this one? I can't imagine what color the blooms are, and the river looks like it could be a road.

Lesley said...

Coincidence or synchronicity, Pete? I pointed out tree lucerne to C. today as we passed lots of it lining the roadside. I've never seen it flowering as prolifically as it does here in the Manawatu at this time of year. Thanks for providing its proper name. I hadn't known it.

Barbara said...

I would be so tempted to snuggle up under 'tree lucerne' and just listen to the river. Very, very nice, thank you:)

pohanginapete said...

Zhoen, the flowers are white. Little or no colour in the river, as it was reflecting the largely leaden sky. The colours in general were icky — too much olive-green and bruised bluish.

Lesley, it must be important for various animals as a major "gap-filler" at an otherwise lean time of year. I don't why it should flower so profusely here compared with your neck of the woods, though.

Barbara, the sound of the river would probably be drowned out by the sound of the bees!

the watercats said...

that place just looks stunning.... I could do with a sit down right there just now.. :-)

pohanginapete said...

Watercats, it's right on the edge of the terrace, so you get a great feeling of height, too. I often wish I were a kahu (hawk) so I could cruise around the way they do, looking down on the terrace, the river, the flowering tree lucerne and so on. (I'd skip the feeding on road-killed possums, though).

Michael said...

Love the wind.

pohanginapete said...

Plenty of around right now, Michael!