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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Bottlebrush Blooms

My bottlebrush tree is blooming again. I’m not sure what triggers it, but it blooms on and off all year long. I don’t know exactly what species it is, it was one of the first plants I planted after we moved in about 7 years ago. I bought it at Houston Garden Center, you hardly ever know exactly what you’re getting from there.

A few months ago my Dad was looking at it and was asking me how the flowers actually developed. I had never paid that much attention to it before. So, I decided to photograph the flowers at different stages.

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Here it is just forming


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Getting ready to open

 

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Opening


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The red filaments are the stamens, the pollen is on the tip of each one

 

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Now you can see the actual petals

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