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Hurrah - It's Still Alive!


By AndrewR


The past winter has been quite a test for many plants. A small callistemon (bottle brush) in my front garden succumbed to the cold while a mature specimen at the back looked far from happy.

However, closer inspection still showed green foliage under the top layers so I left it in the hope it would recover.

We have had a very dry spring here so there was nothing to trigger the bush into growth but finally, some light rain has produced the first shoots of recovery

I will leave it another month to see what is definitely dead before cutting back. I wonder if it will flower this year after all the trauma?

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A friend on another forum was worried for her mature specimen but that's come through too, i'm sure it's the dryness of early spring that's contributed to the downfall of a lot of winter damaged plants.

31 May, 2011


well done to that tough little shoot

31 May, 2011


ooooooooo i hope its ok 4 you .............. fingers x

31 May, 2011


What a shame it would have been to lose such a big specimen Andrew. Those are very promising shoots, maybe you could break your non watering rule and give it a longer drink to encourage more? It seems that no more rain is forecast here for this week at least. :o(

31 May, 2011


Lily - no, I will leave it. They breed 'em tough in Australia. But if it does succumb, I know what I'd would like to plant in its place

31 May, 2011


my mums bottle brush has survived the winter ~ has shoot like this but also has flowers ~ came through the ice and snow!!

1 Jun, 2011

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