Flowering Bottlebrush

20 Mar, '07

Flowering Bottlebrush

Flowering Bottlebrush, originally uploaded by malyousif.

Our almost one year old Bottlebrush tree has flowered! This is the first I’ve seen on it and am quite happy that it has established itself and is now happy enough to grow in its patch.

(this is in lieu of the missed Friday picture!)

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  1. Butterfly says:

    Nice shot, but why tagged with Friday? :silly:

  2. mahmood says:

    as a compensation for the Friday I missed to post a picture due to the Rand conference!

  3. Barry says:

    We used to have a couple of a different species (broader leaves, much coarser) in our front garden. I cut down them down when I re-did the garden (at the time I had little appreciation for them, now i’d probably have pruned them into a natural shape). The one notable thing about them is how incredibly hard their wood is. It took me days to cut the plants down, because the saw didn’t make a huge dent. The wood was so hard in fact. that I remember making a sort of digging tool from a branch, and turning another piece into a crude pipe.

    My favorite cultivar is called Callistemon ‘Little John’, which is a low growing, fine leaved cultivar with deep red flowers. They are quite pretty, but not plants you would use to fill in a spot, as they remain fairly open. There is also a tree sized type which has pendulous branches and fine leaves.

  4. Tracy says:

    Bottle brush is pretty, but we have parrots, and they like our bottle brush…it gets a bit messy. πŸ™‚

  5. Laurie says:

    The white petunias remind me of a mound of snow. How far do they extend in your garden?

  6. Maverick says:

    Very pretty! πŸ™‚

  7. mahmood says:

    In this location Laurie, they extend about 4 feet deep. This is in a flower bed I have created outside, on the street!

  8. greykangaroo says:

    Lovely! That’s exactly like what we see all the time around the suburbs and in open woodland down here http://www.bibbulmuntrack.org.au/track-info/Flora-_-Fauna.aspx

    Do you also get honeyeaters? They’re really nice and love bottlebrush.

  9. mahmood says:

    Those are nice pictures, but then, you have a fantastic environment. Ours is desert and gardens survive by the grace of God and a hell of a lot of water!

    We don’t have honeyeaters I don’t think. But looking at it this morning it was most definitely chomped at, there is almost nothing left of it! Glad I took the picture when I did.

  10. milter says:

    I agree, a bottle brush looks fantastic when it flowers. We have some in the garden in Ireland and brought some seeds from them to Denmark.

    Because of the climate here we have to keep them indoor during winter. Maybe that’s why they don’t seem so happy about their new environment πŸ™

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