Friday, May 15, 2020
Unfurling of the bottle brush
I've always founds plants in the Callistemon family to look rather "messy," as many shrubs that grow upward and then have hanging branches look to me. (Yes, I'm in some European-style garden, talking to other plants with similar structure in an encouraging tone: "Weeping willow, pull yourself together!")
I do like the way the buds unfurl to show all those wild stamens, though. The complexity of those buds, with so many separate bits growing together, coiled tightly, is impressive.
So here is a set of three images showing the buds when they first begin to open, as the stamens spread, and when they are completely out. I like them more up close than I do from afar!