After so many pictures of fallen leaves, firewood and frost, I should probably share a few floral pictures like everyone else does. All those pictures of ash from the fire did not help much. I can expound a bit excessively on autumn and winter topics because they are not as mundane as they are in other climates. For example, I would not notice frost so much if it were common here.

Some flowers continue to bloom later than they would in other climates. Some bloom too early here. Some can not decide when they should bloom. The fifth picture is not even a bloom at all.

1. Callistemon viminalis ‘Little John’ is a bottlebrush for those who dislike bottlebrush . . . or just lack the space. I hate to say it, but I sort of prefer the formerly common Callistemon citrinus.

2. Eucalyptus pulverulenta foliage is prettier without bloom. Nonetheless, for those who get close enough to see them, these small white flowers are pretty too. Bees appreciate them as well.

3. Lonicera periclymenum ‘Peaches and Cream’ has yet to bloom profusely here. Summer bloom is adequate at best. Bigger trusses of buds develop too late into autumn to bloom completely.

4. Narcissus does not wait for spring to bloom. I do not know what cultivar it is, or if it is a cultivar. Some might know it simply as ‘paperwhite’. Daffodils will bloom later, but are not fragrant.

5. Pseudoflora seem to bloom annually here prior to Christmas. Afterward, they will return to the barn for storage for almost another year. Some people believe that they are real poinsettia.

6. Rhody simply will not cooperate for a picture if he knows I am taking one. I included this picture anyway because, no matter what, or how bad his picture is, everyone always loves Rhody.

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16 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: Flowery Bits

  1. I am with you on Callistemon, an adorable plant. I have a large yellow-flowered plant and a seedling from it – the seed for the original plant came from a friend in Tasmania about 30 years ago and it gives an outstanding display each year.

    Nice colour this week!

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    1. Oh yes; is it Callistemon pallidus? I am not familiar with it. I had seen it only in pictures, and might have seen it from a distance in the Los Angeles region. It might be known as a Melaleuca pallidus now. What I know as lemon bottlebrush is Callistemon citrinus, which became disdainfully common decades ago . . . but I somehow like the color and texture of the bloom, and the odd foliar aroma.

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    1. Peaches and Cream honeysuckle generates favorable reviews, but I have never seen it do much, even in other gardens. I still like it just because it is a honeysuckle. However, I would probably prefer the common Japanese honeysuckle if I had a choice. Japanese honeysuckle does not look like much either, but more vigorous, and is so delightfully fragrant! Perhaps the two would work nicely together with other cut flowers. One would be for a bit of fragrance, and the other for color and form (flowers that look, more like honeysuckle than the common honeysuckle flowers). If Peaches and Cream is available there, it is worth inquiring about. Nurseries that sell it should know something about it.
      This particular species of Eucalyptus is commonly grown for cut foliage, but is coppiced or pollarded for vigorous vegetative growth without bloom. The flowers are not much to look at from a distance, but are the only Eucalyptus flowers blooming right now. We will be adding two more Eucalyptus soon, now that the rain is starting; Eucalyptus sideroxylon and Eucalyptus citriodora. I do not expect the Eucalyptus citriodora to bloom low enough to be within view, but the Eucalyptus sideroxylon blooms nicely. The Eucalyptus cinerea that is already here does not bloom very impressively. Ideally, I would like to grow Eucalyptus torquata because it both blooms nicely, and provides nice typical ‘Eucalyptus’ foliage. It is not a pretty tree, but I so like that foliage, and bloom is a bonus.

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  2. Those eucalyptus flowers look like something here that’s called Illinois bundleflower, even though they’re obviously not related. They’re still cute. I would have thought the pseudoflora were poinsettia — they’re very pretty, too. Off course, none of them rivals Rhody!

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    1. Illinois bundleflower is more like an acacia flower, but like the Eucalyptus bloom, is very staminate (not technically, but visually). Some Eucalyptus bloom with showy flowers that tend to get ignored because they are out of reach.
      Most believe that the Pseudoflora are real poinsettia. Real poinsettia would be damaged by the weather out there. I find them objectionable. They are at the main entry to the neighborhood.
      Rhody really is the best.


    1. Those are unusual favorites. Callistemon is so common that it gets ignored. Eucalyptus bloom is typically out of reach, and not colorful enough to get anyone’s attention. I got pictures of flowers because most everyone else does.

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  3. Rhody is a fantastic name for a garden dog! I love Callistemon, but this is not the right climate. The clone’Woodlander’s Hardy’ is supposedly the best around here, but it ends up looking burnt after winter and spends all summer trying to recover.

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    1. Rhody does not enjoy gardening like I do, and because he is a terrier, he ignores me very efficiently regardless of what I call him. For us, the worst aspect of Callistemon is that it is considered to be cheap and common. I do not care, and to me, it seems that it has been so cheap and common for so long that it is no longer cheap and common. I mean, it can not be common if no one plants it.

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