Thursday, May 31, 2007

The cleaning tree


Let me introduce you to a Bottlebrush tree, of the weeping variety. Doesn't the name make sense to you? And no, I haven't used it to clean my wine bottles yet ;-)

Originally from Australia, it does very well in our hot and moist environment and we have quite a few of them around my neighborhood. They bloom almost all year round and the leaves are very aromatic. They attract a variety of birds, notably, hummingbirds.

Plus, they make me smile. You too?

19 comments:

Olivier said...

Bel arbre (de belle couleur). J'aime beaucoup les colibris, ils sont toujours en activités, ne jamais s'arreter. Pas loin d'Evry, il y a une voliere où l'on peut se promener et se reposer, c'est amusant de voir le travail incessant des colibris.


Beautiful tree (of beautiful color). I love much the hummingbirds, they are always in activities, never to stop. Not far from Evry, there is a birdcage where one can walk and rest, it is amusing to see the ceaseless work of the hummingbirds

RamblingRound said...

Flaming bottle brushes! I could have used these years ago when I had three babies with bottles at the same time.
A very attractive tree.

Moi said...

i knew they were called bottle brush in India..i thought that's the local lingo back at home ...now I discover its called the same here .......they are pretty and their uncanny resemblance makes me wonder if bottle brushes were invented as cleaning tools after mankind saw them????
and colorful umbrellas down, Isabella....I missed the post yesterday....

Kuanyin said...

They make me smile, but your fun commentary always makes me smile!

Kate said...

An appropriate name for an unusual blossom. The colours in the photo, both blue and red, are vivid.

Beetle said...

Oh Yeeesss ;o) I've never seen that before

Abraham Lincoln said...

Bottlebrush trees are amazing where you live and apparently are prolific. There is a bush here where I live by the same name though not so special.

There is also bushes that have been used for ages as a kind of tooth brush. They require a bit of chewing first but after that you can use tooth paste or salt and brush away.

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Frank said...

Oh my, I was told it was a Toothbrush Tree! I can say from experience that it works but you have to rinse out the red.

Olivier said...

pour repondre à ta question Isabella, ce que l'on voit, c'est des panneaux publicitaires. Malheureusement, car ils gachent la vue

Abraham Lincoln said...

I wanted to return today to say, "Thanks," for visiting and commenting on my blog. You are so faithful and I do appreciate it a lot.

I have had lots of bird bath moments. They say, 'Birds of the same feather flock together,' but that is really not always right. I have seen up to 7 or 8 starlings in one of my bowls and that is only 12 inches in diameter.

They are pesky about sharing food and I suppose it is the same with water. I just have more of it all around different places.

Thanks again.

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Jilly said...

Yet another beautiful photograph. I saw these trees in Australia and in fact have one in my garden (my neighbour gave it to me) but it's a mere baby of a tree compared to yours.

Leena said...

Smile making tree!
Certainly.
Nice Wednesday to you!

alice said...

Ah ah! It's the same name in French: rince-bouteille! It always makes me laugh too, even if this tree is a little too exotic for our Brittany, in my opinion.

Peter said...

By looking on different blogs since a couple of weeks, I guess I have learnt more about flowers, trees and birds than during my whole previous life!

So, today I learnt something again. Interesting!! (... and Alice even gave me the French version!)

Sally said...

I have one of this variety in my backyard. Callistemon viminalis, I think.

rince-bouteille.....FANTASTIC. I am going to talk about my rince-bouteille from now on!

JAM said...

There's one of these on the property where I work, and has been allowed to grow out in the open, alone, and has gotten surprisingly big. I didn't thing these guys got very big, but this one at work is huge and full. I love them, especially bloomed like this one.

I posted a couple of pics on my "other" blog a few months back of one behind a public library in Melbourne that has grown into the most amazing shape. If interested, you can check it out here.

Nice shot Isabella. Bottlebrush trees are some of my favorite Florida things.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

Smiling from ear to ear.

Now I'm getting wrinkles from it.

lv2scpbk said...

This tree is awsome. Never seen any like it.

freefalling said...

What a coincidence - I was looking out my kitchen window today at my bottle brush and thinking what a beautiful bush it is.