Sunshine on a Fence

July 5, 2015
Close up of the Flame Vine's flowers

Close up of the Flame Vine’s flowers

Out walking in an Auckland suburb, yesterday, with the Nelson family, I was brought to a halt. A fiery blaze of orange-gold flowers covered a long fence line – a dazzling sight on a bleak, mid-winter’s afternoon.

“What’s that called?” Leila asked. She loves flowers and wants to know heaps about them.

“It’s the Flame Vine from South America,” her mother, Chrissie, said, “and often called the Golden Shower. Pyrostegia venusta is its botannical name.”

“Sounds spot on,” her brother David remarked. “I’ll take some photos of it,” and he pulled out his Smart Phone.

“It’s nature’s way of reminding us,” his father, Barry, said, “that summer’s on its way.”

A reach of orange gold in a suburban street.

A reach of orange gold in a suburban street.