You say Callistemon, I say Melaleuca

No need to call the whole thing off

Bottlebrush (Callistemon or maybe Melaleuca), near Ingham, North Queensland. © Bronwen Scott.

Look at this beautiful bottlebrush. Birds love it, butterflies love it, and as you can see, bees really love it. And so do I. Its brilliant colour livens up the garden.

Not my garden, though — a garden down near the coast, where I have been house-sitting. The coastal plain is so much hotter than the Atherton…



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Bronwen Scott

Bronwen Scott


Zoologist, writer, artist, museum fan, enjoying life in the tropical rainforest of Far North Queensland. She/her. Website: