The first pohutukawa started flowering around the city a couple of weeks ago. Along the coast, they are a little slower, and out on the west coast, are still forming buds.
My heart sings when I gaze into these blossoms. They are so generous, such a happy, soft spiky presence! And each stamen is dotted with bright yellow pollen, just waiting for the bees to come and dust themselves as they gather the nectar.
If I were a bee, I'd spend all afternoon rolling around in these welcoming flowers.