New Zealand: Hebe
After two consecutive posts with no text (but double pictures to compensate), here come words again. Most of the wildflowers that I saw during my three-and-a-half weeks in New Zealand weren’t native, but one that I encountered was not only native but also endemic: Hebe acutiflora. It normally grows on the North Island, although I found this specimen in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens on February 14th.
Did you know that Hebe was the ancient Greek goddess of youth? And did you know that cartoonist William De Beck (1890-1942) coined the term heebie-jeebies in his comic strip Barney Google (which you can google) to mean ‘jitters, nervousness, uneasiness’? If these Hebe flowers give any of you the heebie-jeebies, I’ll be quite surprised.
© 2015 Steven Schwartzman