Thursday, September 26, 2013

Just how many Callistemon do you have?

That’s what I was asked recently when a fellow blogger visited my garden for the first time.

Ya okay…so I have a few…only fourteen…that’s not too many…right? I mean plant lust lists 97 of them so I don’t even have a quarter of the possibilities!

Actually I am still a little astonished I can successfully grow these in my garden, I think of them as being something you’d only see growing in California not in Portland, Oregon.

My plants bloom in various shades of yellow, yellow/green, and dark pink verging on red. But it’s the shades of yellow I like the best.

As good as the blooms are it’s the little seed capsules that follow which really capture my attention.

My first Callistemon purchase was ‘Woodlander’s Hardy Red’ in March of 2009. Then:

Now:

And in bloom:

I think the “favorite Callistemon foliage” award might go to C. pallidus 'Blue Foliage’

(same plant, different day/different angle)

The new growth on C. ‘Clemson’ is gorgeous, but a word to the wise this one has suffered some winter freeze damage on the tips.

Callistemon pityoides 'Excellent' is blooming right now…

The foliage...

In case you’re curious here’s my list, with quantities in parenthesis:
C. ‘Clemson’ (2)
C. NOID (2) (From the Cistus tough love sale in 2011, I think they might be C. sieberi)
C. pallidus 'Blue Foliage’
C. pityoides 'Excellent'
C. sieberi
C. viridiflorus (2)
C. viridiflorus 'Xera Compact' (2)
C. ‘Woodlander's Hardy Red’ (3)

So why am I carrying on about this genus of plants from Australia? Well besides the fact I think they’re pretty fabulous, I have a feeling they might be part of Paul Bonine’s talk “Up With Down Under - hardy plants from the southern hemisphere including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and South America.” This talk is part of the “Gen(i)us Program” from the Hardy Plant Society of Oregon and is open to members and the general public. I pre-registered for the program but have conflict and won’t be able to attend, so I want to give away my “ticket” to someone who can (this means you need to be in the Portland area).

The program is scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th at 7pm at the Multnomah Arts Center, if you’re interested in attending leave a comment below saying so and be sure to include your email address so I can contact you if you win. Deadline to enter is this Sunday the 29th at midnight, random winner announced on Monday the 30th. Good luck!

***And because I'd love to get a new plant lover in touch with the HPSO and all the exciting things they do tell me you're not a member of the HPSO and your name will be entered into the contest twice***

All material © 2009-2013 by Loree Bohl for danger garden. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

20 comments:

  1. I love both of my Callistemon, but so far no flowers. :-( I too think the seed capsules are cool.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Next year Alison, I'm sure of it!

      Delete
  2. Sounds like you still need C. linearis var. pumila, C. subulatus, and C. sp 'Mt Drummer'. Better get on that!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes sir! (wouldn't happen to know a nursery where I could find those would you?)

      Delete
  3. I have four: pallidus (3 years in the ground), rugulosus 'violaceus' (2 years in the ground), viridiflous & viridiflorus 'Xera Compact' (both bought 2013). I love their texture, flower form and color. It's hard not to get seduced by them. Same with Grevilleas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. C. rugulosus 'violaceus' is new to me. Does it really bloom purple?

      Delete
    2. It hasn't bloomed yet, so can't say for sure.

      Delete
  4. Wow, it's hard to believe you have that many callistemon despite your well-known cram-scaping abilities. I have only three: C. viridiflorus (which didn't bloom this year), C. 'Woodlander's Hardy Red' (which bloomed beautifully!) and a very young C. pityoides 'Small Hairy One'. I love them all and look forward to more blooms next year!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sounds like your curated collection includes the best!

      Delete
  5. I have only one, new this year - C. pallidus 'blue leaved form' -- loved watching it shoot out the new growth in August! I'm interested in C. citrinus for the next one...I like the taller ones, must be the tree lover in me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. My C. pallidus only shot out one very tall stem. It looked so silly I cut it off.

      Delete
  6. We ought to plant Callistemon again in our garden. We used to have a few but all got wiped out by winter 2010. It's time we try again...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes it is! I look forward to seeing which one(s) you choose.

      Delete
  7. The foliage is so striking, especially in your garden. The blooms have always delighted me, I remember a neighbor had one and I just loved seeing it. I have only one, a Little John, which refuses to bloom where it is. Maybe next year.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I do adore Little John, probably because it's not hardy for me. Hope to see blooms on your blog next year!

      Delete
  8. Only one callistemon for me - callistemon citrinus. Yours are soo beautiful. My hunt continues for woodlanders hardy red. I've seen many in the last months but not that one. There's nothing like the new growth as is glistens in the sunshine.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh but that one is a very good one, and can't believe you're having so much trouble finding a Woodlanders...

      Delete
  9. Oh dear, I am feeling like such a slacker with only one: C. pityoides (yes it's a pity).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes ricki I think you have some catching up to do...

      Delete
  10. the plant in the picture with the spiny trunk is Chorisia (Ceiba) speciosa

    ReplyDelete

Thank you for taking the time to comment. Comment moderation is on (because you know: spam), I will approve and post your comment as soon as possible!