Coastal and Tropical South

June, 2011
Regional Report

Web Finds

PS Deluxe
Although PS Deluxe is devoted to tutorials and resources for Photo Shop users, which I am not, it is also loaded with inspiring images. Hit this link and scroll down through 45 of the most beautiful and truly unusual flowers you will ever see. Each flower is photographed close up, allowing you to see clearly the parts that pollinators use to gain their bounty. You will recognize some, and others are not identified. They are all worth seeing to marvel at the wonder and diversity of the flower world. Members of the mimosa family, passionflowers, white spider lilies, fuchsias and bat flowers are included.

Favorite or New Plant

Crimson Bottlebrush
Few people own a bottle brush anymore, but before disposable baby bottles were invented, everyone did. That antique device gives rise to the common name of this timeless plant, because its flower is a bristly cylinder. Stunning red, fuzzy stamens with yellow accents pop out all over the shrub that shortly reaches 10 ft. tall. Bottlebrush (Callistemon citralis or C. viminalis) is a hummingbird magnet and will draw them right to the edge of a sunny patio. Known primarily as a spring bloomer, it is one of several trees that will rebloom off and on all summer. To keep this sun lover in bounds, prune right after flowering.

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