FLOWER TUBE TOP : FOUR PETAL FLOWERS.
Flower Tube Top
- A tight-fitting strapless top made of stretchy material and worn by women or girls
- A tube top (British: boob tube) is a shoulderless, sleeveless "tube" that wraps the torso. Such a top is generally very tight over the breasts in order to prevent the garment from falling. This is usually achieved with elastic bands at the top and bottom of the garment.
- A strapless top made with stretch fabric.
- Be in or reach an optimum stage of development; develop fully and richly
- (of a plant) Produce flowers; bloom
- a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
- bloom: produce or yield flowers; "The cherry tree bloomed"
- reproductive organ of angiosperm plants especially one having showy or colorful parts
- Induce (a plant) to produce flowers
Harakeke flowers - Phormium tenax
These flowers are such an icon of early summer in New Zealand and the tui and bellbirds at Zealandia love them!
Harakeke: Other common names flax, New Zealand flax, swamp flax
Scientific name Phormium tenax
Family Hemerocallidaceae (day-lily family)
Few New Zealanders would fail to recognise harakeke, one of our most distinctive native plants. It is the principal weaving plant, and many weavers use named forms selected for leaf pliability, colour and fibre quality. Leaf strips are used in raranga, the plaiting of kete (containers) and whariki (mats). Extracted fibre (muka or whitau) is used to make traditional kakahu (cloaks), and for cordage. Today, harakeke is also used in non-traditional ways to create original and exciting works of art.
Harakeke grows throughout New Zealand, from sea level to about 1300 m in altitude. It is commonly found in lowland wetlands and along rivers, and in coastal areas on estuaries, dunes and cliffs. A hundred years ago, harakeke was much more abundant in many regions, but large wild stands today are diminished and scattered. Harakeke is often seen in gardens, is used widely in landscaping projects and in wetland restoration plantings, and as shelter belts on farmland.
Harakeke is said to be native also to Norfolk Island, though may have been introduced by Maori. The harakeke found on the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland islands was taken there by Maori and sealers in the 1800s.
Harakeke is a herbaceous plant, meaning its growth form is soft, not woody. The robust, sword-like leaves are arranged in two adjoining sets around the growing point (rito) to form a fan. A unique feature of harakeke and related plants is that the lower third or so of each leaf is folded together along its midrib or keel. This creates a stiff, heavy butt.
Fans develop from the stout, fleshy underground rhizome or rootstock. The rhizome has many reddish yellow roots of varying lengths that extend laterally or downwards. Hundreds of fans can develop from the rootstock to create the flax bush. Because these offshoots are of the same genetic stock, they exhibit the same leaf and fibre qualities.
The number of fans produced in a bush varies a lot and is one of the characteristics that can help identify different weaving cultivars. For instance, the weaving cultivar 'Maeneene' quickly produces many fans set closely together. 'Ngaro', a tall variety with strong fibre, produces fewer, bulkier fans that are set wider apart.
In older plants the rootstocks branch, generally away from the centre, and new fans arise that may eventually create a ring around the original plant. Sometimes as the plant ages, the rootstock is exposed above the ground and new fans develop that are less thrifty, through receiving fewer nutrients and moisture. Some strains are more prone to this ‘perching’ behaviour (e.g. the weaving variety 'Paoa').
Most fans produce about eight mature leaves, four on each side of the rito, before they start to yellow and die off.
The look and feel of the leaf is what draws a weaver to consider its worth for raranga or whatu. Harakeke leaves are variable in length (1–4 m), width (2–12 cm), and rigidity. Some bushes have stiff, upright leaves, others are softer and lax. The fibre bundles within the leaf run parallel to the keel. Sometimes these striations show clearly on the surface and the leaf feels rigid and tough. Other leaves are quite smooth to the touch. Leaf colour varies from blue-green, green, yellow-green through to bronze. The leaf underside is often glaucous, with a blue bloom like a plum. Harakeke has coloured leaf margins and keel, with orange, red, brown and black being the most common. Colours can vary between young and old leaves, even within a bush. Coloured edges are narrow, thick or smudged. Young leaves in particular are sometimes smudged with colour (particularly reddish brown) at the tips. Black-edged varieties are regarded by some weavers as having the best muka. The well-known varieties 'Kohunga', 'Taeore' and 'Tapamangu' fall into this category. However, having a black edge and/or keel is not necessarily indicative of good fibre. There are excellent varieties with orange keels and margins, such as 'Arawa' and 'Makaweroa'. Harakeke flowers from late October through to February. Each spectacular flower stalk (korari) grows up to five metres tall from the centre of the fan, which dies after flowering has taken place. The new korari is heavy with sap, but dries out over the summer months and becomes very light. Each korari has a group of peduncles, like little branches, that grow out from each side of the main stem. These peduncles branch further and carry clusters of dull red flowers. Each individual flower has both male and female parts. The copious orange pollen is carried on a thin stalk that sticks up above the flower tepals (the fleshy ‘petals’). The pollen on a particular flower matures before the female parts below are ready to receive it.
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Made a tube from my newest granddaughters photo.... added a tutu. Place her on a background and added several flower tubes. Put a rose in her hand. Added hair bow and rose. Colorized her skirt and top to match flowers.
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