Guy & Hannah just finished a quick drive around the coast collecting Pohutukawa flowers. Last year was an exceptional year for Pohutukawa flowering and this year is not far behind. They stopped in at Lyle Woolley’s of Woolley’s Bay to take a photo of a small tree he planted some years ago which as you can see attached is completely smothered in flowers. Usually Pohutukawa flower well one year and then have one or more sometimes up to five years of not flowering at all. Lyle told Guy that some trees flowering well this year also flowered heavily last year. Most of you would have noticed the variation in flower colour of the Pohutukawa, they couldn’t resist picking samples to bring back to photograph for you (also attached).
Just out of interest, another comment Lyle made was that when the Kanuka is flowering heavily (which it is this year) indicated a dry summer, they should have some idea, after all his family have been farming the same property on the coast since 1882.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, if you are out our way during the summer do call in for a coffee or smoothie.
Tawapou Coastal Natives’ summer hours are:- Open daily from 27th December 10am – 4pm throughout January.