Kowhai, Sophora So Good
Red sugar water not working despite a reputable source telling you it does, or you're simply not confident on the ratio and perhaps want another method? Have you tried everything but still can't get specific native birds to come and feast on your garden or you just want to encourage the birds to chill with their mates unassumingly in your pad? ( they don't need to be there long aye, just give your garden a go on the off-chance that they like it and tell their mates). Is your garden leaving too much to be desired by previous generations who reckon they know better about gardening or even those on your generation that have been bragging about their awesome gardens for too many years yet you have no combeback? In fact you are too tired of looking out at a garden that isn't yellow enough and haven't realised that your garden lacks yellow until just now reading this segment. Well you've probably realised by now that you need the tautoko of a beautiful, well-rounded and versatile addition to the mix. The Kowhai.
The Kowhai can almost certainly take the throne as New Zealand's unofficial national flower. It has a distinct appearance and an unconventional flower/leaf make-up. Salient golden yellow petals surround a humble bell-like pod that scream for attention in the most modest way possible. Boasting a 25m height PB and a luscious nectar which attracts some pretty big names in the native bird scene such as the Kereru, Bellbird and our mate te Tui, Kowhai =.you want it.
If red sugar water isn't working, consider planting some Kowhai seed. Not all variants of te Kowhai are trees so a shrub equivalent might suit your needs better. Soaking the seeds in water help to soften the hard shell. Try boiling some water with the seed in it then take it off the boil with the seed still in there, to soak up the water. A warning to our hungry readers, although Tui might munch these seeds they may be poisonous to humans so don't kick back and eat them at your bbqs. As a side note the seeds take a few years to sprout so don't be too hasty to enjoy their company.
There are several practical uses that complement the aesthetics. If you want to build a waka to protect the coast of nz against taniwha, the Kowhai wood is sturdy (in all seriousness though its a very practical wood suitable for many uses including tools and machinery). The bark was traditionally used in herbal medicine in addition. A method that may still be used in this day is to bathe bruises. Crush the Kowhai bark and place in boiling water for 3 hours then bathe those purple adversaries.
They are yellow and beautiful plus attract beautiful birds which make for an all-round enviable setup, garden and vibe-wise. It is somewhat versatile in its uses with strong and durable wood plus some deflaming abilities. Although you may not use it for all of its capabilities even appreciating some of them will lead to a life more fulfilled.