The happiness tree

by | Nov 16, 2011 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

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.


  1. Joan

    Happiness trees indeed! The colours are fabulous. I noticed the pohutukawa trees budding up around the lake. Summer is just around the corner.

  2. juliet

    The pohutukawas will look spectacular around the lake Joan. It’s exciting to see those silver buds getting ready to break out.

  3. Anne Dean Ruffell

    What a vibrant display from the bottle brush. I can’t wait to see your pictures when the pohutukawas are in bloom.

  4. Marilyn

    I love the idea of happiness trees, I will treasure this thought. I was in Whakatane a few days ago and the pohutukawa are already starting to bloom there.

  5. lifeonthecutoff

    Fabulous, Juliet. We don’t get bottlebrush growing here, so, it is a true gift to be able to see it in your photos – and to know that you have walked by them and received such joy. Isn’t it amazing how something so bright and living can bring such joy?

  6. juliet

    Thank you Anne, Marilyn and Penny. Yes, the bottlebrush flowers are certainly vibrant, particularly so this year. The pohutukawas are not far behind, given what Marilyn has seen on the east coast. I’m hoping we are in for an equally bright flowering along all of our coastline this summer.

  7. Lynley

    The Tuis will be delirious with all these bottle brushes.

    Mine are almost out. Perhaps if it warmed up they would burst forth.

    Your photos do justice to the vibrancy of this display..

  8. juliet

    Thank you Lynley, and I hope the warmth spreads your way very soon. It’s true, the tuis love these flowers.


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