Bottlebrush plant anyway. Callistemon Citrinus. I used to a have a Callistemon growing in the conservatory many years ago. Even though the conservatory was heated in those days it died off one hard winter. There used to be a garden centre not far away which had one of these in a greenhouse. It had been growing for years and the display of bright red bottle brush shaped flowers put on a magnificent show every year. The version I have just planted in the front garden is rated at H3 which should be safe down to -5C:
For those who haven't seen a Callistemon:
You can see what the flowers look like here on the RHS site.
The two pots of Chinese Lantern plants are coming on well:
It's nice to have some more unusual flowering plants and am really looking forward to the results.
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