Happy Christmas to You!
This is Pohutukawa ( metrosideros excelsa ) or the New Zealand Christmas tree.
This is one of many NZ Christmas trees we have flowering on our property. They are beautiful throughout the Bay of Plenty this year.
The reason I could get close for the photos is that this is a young self sown tree standing with it's feet in the front creek by the driveway. Note all the lighter young new growth.
I hope all my many friends out there have some happiness and relaxation with friends or family at this time of the year. I do so enjoy conversing with you all. I hope those in the Northern Hemisphere are not being hampered by too much snow!
So wherever you are - New Zealand; Australia; Canada; England; Scotland; Wales; Isle of Man; Iceland; USA; South Africa; Belgium; Sweden or Finland - I want to say, " Thanks for being great blog friends this year.
Stay safe, be happy."
I better get busy as family arriving later today. Food to prepare; flowers to pick.( always a small branch of Pohutukawa flowers although they drop quickly ) I still like fresh flowers in the house as well as a few minimal decorations.