The red bottlebrush is a common sight on road verges and in gardens all across my city in Spring. It is known by some by it’s Latin genus name, Callistemon, and is a plant belonging to the Myrtle family, the Myrtaceae.
These ‘brushes’ are around 20cm (8in) long and 8cm (3 in) in diameter and bees cannot get enough of them; the tree in the second photo was literally humming.
A beautiful specimen in nearly full bloom next to a six-lane highway. The somewhat over-dressed lady underneath it is my 87 year young mother, and no, she does not dye her hair, that’s it’s natural colour! 🙂
The time has come – at last! Starting tomorrow it’s Poppy Week! where i can finally showcase the glorious variety of poppy flowers this year’s crop has brought to my garden so far.