I love the delicacy of the Rata flowers. They speak to me of the promise of Summer and of hope, which is kind of what we need right now with the climate talks going on in Paris. The belief that we can live ‘with’ the earth, and make the necessary changes to the way we do that, in order that our time here is sustainable.
We’ve been planting lots of Ratas in the reserve here in Wellington and at ‘Hou Ngahere’ and it seems to me that planting trees is a large part of the answer, in so many ways. They’re good for our well being (the science is in!), they’re good for our health, they’re good for the planet ….
They take in all that we throw at them and give us back rain and the breath of life. December 1st is the first day of Summer……. And the rata is in bloom which, like its cousin the Põhutukawa, signals Christmas in New Zealand. The promise of summer.
…and by the way – I still have a couple of calendars left. you can order one here