27 January 2012

Pohutukawa in summer

A beautiful sight greeted me one fine weekend morning.  The Pohutukawa tree in front of the house has finally bloomed!  In the last couple of years that we have been here, the Pohutukawa had given some slight indications that it will bloom, but it never did.  So it was indeed a pleasant surprise that it finally decided to!

Endemic to Aotearoa, the Pohutukawa is also called the New Zealand Christmas Tree.  It's because the tree starts blooming in summer which incidentally commences in December.  Its bright red colour, offset by the green foliage of the tree, makes it as festive as the season.

I've seen a couple of bees enjoying the tree too.  Hmmm... time to bring out the ukulele!

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