FOTD – September 28 – Red Bottlebrush Tree (Callistemon viminalis)

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.

(Click on image to open in a new window and click again to expand)lovewillbringustogether - Callistemon2The fully opened flower spike is side by side with the yet to open spike on the right.

lovewillbringustogether - Callistemon1A 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.


link to:

Cee’s Flower of the Day – September 28, 2019 – Echinacea




    • Hmmm… i’m becoming predictable….

      Must try to do something about that – he knows too much…

      Wait? Did i say that out loud??


      I’ll pass on the compliment!

      (Where do you think i get all my loveliness from? It wasn’t Dad’s side of the family. 😉 )

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    • Australia is their natural home, but they have gone to many other countries. This is what they should look like! 🙂

      ( Well, maybe not right next to a highway and bus stop?? 😉 )


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