Friday, September 14, 2007

Sharing some of My Spring Garden Here.

Sharing more Spring with you from my garden.
Callistemon Viminalas.
Also known as the Bottlebrush Tree.

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  • Captain Cook - medium shrub to about 2 metres; bright red brushes
    C.viminalis is probably the most widely cultivated of all bottlebrushes - only C.citrinus would challenge that status. The species and its cultivars are widely planted in Australia and overseas.
    The weeping bottlebrush is typically a small tree with pendulous foliage although some forms are more pendulous than others. It reaches a height of about 10 metres in its natural habitat but is usually smaller in cultivation, particularly in temperate areas where it is an attractive and reliable small tree for street planting.
    The brushes are usually about 70 mm long by 50 mm diameter, bright red in colour and are usually seen in spring and sometimes in autumn.
    In the wild, C.viminalis is found along watercourses and it performs best in cultivation if a reliable water supply is available. Once established, however, it is able to tolerate extended dry periods. The plant performs best in medium to heavy soils and can tolerate less than perfect drainage but may be damaged by moderate to heavy frost. It responds to annual fertilising after flowering. Although the plant will respond to pruning, this can have the effect of destroying the weeping habit.



  • What can you spy up in the tree?

    Look very carefully and you will see a Rainbow Lorikeet. See the colour there on the branches on the right? That is one from a flock that greet us in the mornings with their Spring Calls. Throughout the day there is always a pair to be found in the Eucalyptus tree in the garden, this species of gum, is called an Argyle Apple.
    The lorikeets are definately attracted to the bottle brush tree sitting close to the big gum in the front garden. The bottle brush being smaller does not offer the protection like the big gum and these beautiful birds appreciate the safety of a high vantage point.

    The two photos of the birds are taken as they devoured apples from my apple tree.

    Click image to enlarge the bird.
    Rainbow lorikeets
    Click here to hear the sounds these birds make.
    Fact sheet information on the Rainbow Lorikeets.