Here’s an idea for a wreath of remembrance that is a little different from our usual tributes on ANZAC day. And of course we have no Flanders poppies flowering at this time of year in New Zealand so green is the main colour with a hint of Aussie red bottle brush and red ribbon.
Plants that remind us of New Zealand used here are Hebe, and pohutukawa. Bottle brush provides a nod to Australia and some flowers are still around in April to provide a little colour.
The pohutukawa is an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad. . In 1941 German Afrika Korps Prisoner of War Camp, army chaplain Ted Forsman composed a pohutukawa carol in which he made reference to ‘your red tufts, our snow’.
Symbolic plants that have meanings significant for ANZAC include bay - the bay tree is a symbol of glory. Rosemary is traditionally an emblem of remembrance. The foliage of the olive is used as the olive tree is traditionally an emblem of peace and Oak leaves are an emblem of bravery.
The wreath base can be bought online at