The Callistemon is a shrub and native to SE Australia. It is rather a strange plant as it's woody flower buds appear in the winter.The first plant came to England in the 18th century and was grown from a root sent over from Botany Bay. The citrinus part of the name derives from a distinctive lemon smell when the leaves are bruised. Our shrub is well over two metres tall, and against all of the odds has survived outside and coped with two very cold snowy winters during its 15 year life span. In this country it is recommended as an indoor conservatory plant to be moved out of doors in the summertime.
As the flowers mature they become pinker in colour resembling electric filaments - just spotted an ant in the middle of the photo! This Callistemon citrinus finished flowering in July.
Lily Davidii is a new addition to the garden this year and has just come into flower. Not too keen on orange flowers normally, but this is a really rich colour with red highlights, and lovely black stems.