I absolutely love red, so this was a really hard choice for me. I have red clothes, shoes, bags. I see red everywhere (in a nice way!) - cars, buildings, our postie...! But it's Pohutukawa season here in New Zealand and it's an amazing year for these New Zealand Christmas trees, so Pohutukawa blossom it is.
A lot of trees are out but not all. The one by our house hasn't got one flower yet. And a lot of the best trees aren't in good places to photograph. Stopping on the motorway to take a photo of the huge trees at the side wouldn't be a good idea! My blog banner is one of my photos for this week, and so are these:
Even the pavements are red with blossom...
P.S. It's not actually a bottlebrush. Though the flowers are similar, it's a different family. Bottlebrushes have longer flowers and don't grow as big. Here's some more info about bottlebrushes and pohutukawa on Wikipedia.