Have you ever seen a plant that instantly made you feel happy?
Today, I did.

The street where I go to see my hairdresser is full of gardens. One tree stood out today as I drove down the winding road to her house.

Yes, it’s a bottlebrush. One after another, there they were, in their crimson glory, bursting out in all directions,

bristling with life, pushing their noses to the sky as if to catch the scent of the clouds.

Next month, the pohutukawas will be in bloom, but for now, their Australian cousins are filling the gap with their exuberant red, positivity and joy.

Thank you to all those gardeners who planted these happy trees.