Thursday, December 24, 2009

Pohutukawa Greetings !

*Season's Greetings to All .*

      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."

NZ Flax  Flower stem ( phormiun tenax ) Tui birds just love these.

More Pohutukawa because I couldn't decide which photo I liked best.
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.


Jennifer said...

Gorgeous pics! Best wishes for Christmas.

Françoise said...

Lovely pictures.
Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Bubble said...

Merry Christmas Ali and Roger, have a splendid time lots of love to you all, love the Wolfys xxxxxxxxxxx

loulee said...

I'll have pohutukawa on my table too. ;-) Merry Christmas.

Meggie said...

I send you Best Wishes for the season Ali, & hope you have a joyous time with family and friends.

Thimbleanna said...

Your flowers are beautiful! I hope you had a very Happy Christmas!!!

Tracey Petersen said...

The blossom is very festive! I hope that santa was good to you this year too. Merry Christmas.

Guðrún said...

Merry Christmas to you and your family too.