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Off Beat beauties- bottle brushes You can't help noiidng the Bottle Brushes in California. From San Diego north, they flaunt their bright red blooms from a thousand gardens, growing more prevalent than ever as the years so by. There's good reason, too, for our increasing interest in these Australian imports. Over the past years, western plantsmen have upgraded the quality of the family as a whole — propagating only those with the fullest and reddest blooms. And while you see some venerable specimens from years gone by, the majority of today's Bottle Brushes are vigorous young shrubs of highly refined character. Being natives of Australia, the Bottle Brush family is ideally suited to California's climate. Like Tea Trees, Victorian Box and other imports from Down Under, they tolerate the e.\tended drought of our summer months and appreciate the year-round temperance of our weather. You can give them any degree of sun and all the neglect you want — Uiey'U produce their annual crop of bot- tle-bursh blooms without com plaint. Though all members of the lam- ily produce red blooms, one in particular has bigger and brighter blooms than the others. It is this one which members of the California Association of Nurserymen refer to as the Red Bottle Brush, and needless to say, it is the most widely sold member of the family. It is an upright shrub — or upright as any Bottle Brush can be, for their natural tendency is toward irregular grovfih. You find it in C.A.N, nurseries trained as an espalier and also offered as a standard tree, pruned up to a single erect trunk. These are highly useful against a sunny south wall or against the south side of a fence in full sun. The narrow leaves are loosely carried, giving the shrub an airy and open structure. Annual pruning will help to keep foliage full and the pattern of growth as you would like it. The C.A.N, suggests pruning to renew these shrubs in the late summer. Another member of the family which attracts plenty of attention is the Weeping Bottle Brush. This is a taller, more slender version, with pendulous branches that cascade down in graceful manner, carrj'ing through late spring and LARGE AREA — Adequate space for freedom of movement, ease in furniture arrangement and decorative treatment is provided in the living rooms of the Jullanna apartments. into summer a mass of red brushes — smaller than those of the above, but showy nonetheless. The prostrate Bottle Brush seems to have yielded to the family's natural tendency to sprawl. It is not a ground-hugging shrub, but more in the manner of the Santa Cruz Pyracantha, being iow-grouing and wide spreading in proportion to the over all bulk of the plant. This is an excellent choice for a hot, dry hillside where otlier covers sulk and refuse to grow. The flowers, again, arc smaller than those of the Red Bottle Brush, but they are in abundance. The leaves are quite narrow, even more so than with the Red Bottle Brush. The narrowest leaves in the family, however, belong to the Pincleaf Bottle Brush, a shrub whose common name pretty well describes its foliage. The blooms on this one are red, however the red is offset by prominent yellow stamens. This is a little-known Bottle Brush and well worth some increased attention. There are other Bottle Brushes, including one with purplish flowers and another with red flow- Wood frame houses stand up High winds of hurricane strength have been felt in many portions of the nation this past year which normally do not ex ers tipped with gold. They are only rarely seen in C.A.N, nurseries, however, and are not widely grown. The Red Bottle Brush has pretty well taken over from others in the group — for good reason, too as you'll agree when you see it. As mentioned above. Bottle Brushes make no real demands culturally — seeming to thrive on a minimum of water and in the worst soils. The late summer pruning is your only care, and it isn't really necessary — not every year at least. Botanically the Red Bottle Brush is Callistemon citrinus. Others mentioned are found as follows: Weeping Bottle Brush (Callistemon vimuialis); Pineleaf Bottle Brush (Callistemon pini- folius>; Prostrate Bottle Brush (Callistemon phocniceus pros- tratai. perience such phenomena of nature. Jlillions of dollars in damage to homes were caused this year in Hawaii, along the Pacific coast, and down along the Atlantic coast where this type of weather is not so unusual. In the big blow which struck the Pacific coast on Columbus Day last year, said an official of the West Coast Lumbermen's Association, the big story was how well wood-framed homes stood up under the force of winds which sometimes reached 150 miles velocity. You could almost feel the wood give, said the expert, and then snap back into shape when the pressiire was released. Wood has tremendous resilience and give, and will bend out of shape be fore it will break, said the lum berman. Cedar shingles, he said, were virtually unharmed, while tile, as phalt and composition roofs were torn off in giant chunks. There is no record of a woodsided home having suffered any major damage in this storm which was caused by a failure of wood itself. One of the strong points of wood, the lumberman points out, is its capacity to take a terrific Redlands Daily Facts Friday, July 19, 1963 - 13 ffcm and ^atden Special attention needed for garden in summer A newcomer to California loams in a hurry that he can't rely on rain as he did in the East for a good part of his summer-care program in the garden. In California we seldom see such phenomenon as summer showers ex cept in mountain areas and in some parts of the desert. In California, the sprinkler becomes the most important accessory a gardener can buy. Lawns are fast to show neglect from the hose. They respond to water even more than to fertilizer and therein lies the secret of their enjoyment. In hot desert areas and in our inland valleys lawns may need soaking every couple of days and at the least twice a week. Along the coast, where f03 tempers the mid-summer sun. you can get by usually with one watering a week — but make it a good one. Annuals, perennials and shallow rooted shrubs such as azaleas and camellias like frequent doses of moisture in summer. In the hottest parts of California, they may need it every day, but this is an extreme and only for the warmest spells when they hit. Here again, coastal gardeners have it easier than their inland brethren, | type planting mentioned above, but twice a week is not too often; there are certain plants that are for watering the above even along | best planted this month and oth- the coast. ers that need planting now if they Wise gardeners can cut their are to bloom ia fall, watering time in haU or even bet-i citrus and other subtropical ter than that by the use of mulch es around shrubs. Steer manure fruits like warm weather plant,, , . , i ing. Included in this category and^)r peat moss and bark mgootL^^g avocados, guavas, cherimoy- thick layers preserve mois-\ ^ ^ f^y^jag 3ure ture m the soil and add days to; ^^.^^^^ j^^^ ^^^i^,, ^^^^^ j^^j. the time a plant can go ^Mtnout; however, and eive them sev- watering. The CaUfomia Association of Nurser>-men suggests that a two inch mulch is twice as good as a one-inch mulch and that a ing, however, and give them several follow up soakings during their early weeks in your garden. Young citrus planted now will benefit by having their trunks three inch mulch is twice as ef- 1 ^ turlaplo protect them fective as a two-mch mulch, so',^^^^ sunburn. don't be shy about spreading it on thick. Bedding plants for late summer Summer planUng is a leisurely | ^^^^ bloom are also available 'in nurseries this month. Man- occupation designed primarily to make up for an earlier oversight and get a blooming plant in without further delay. Roses are abloom in nursery containers and may be transplanted to your garden for some instant color and golds, dwarf dahlias, zinnis, asters are among the bedders which can go in at this late date for I bloom in late summer and fall. The gardener who gels fun from starting seeds can sow perennials cut flowers. For shaded spots, cs- for bloom next spring and an- pecially in north coastal areas, inua's for bloom this winter. impact from a blow or shock without breaking the fibre. fuchsias make colorful transplants from the nursery, and you From the planting standpoint, summer is far less frenetic than can always find color from such:spring, but as you can see from standbys as geraniums, lantana j the above, there are things to do and hibiscus when you visit a which will make your future C.A.N, nursery in July. | months more pleasant to garden Aside from the instnt-color in. always ready... for unexpected guest! GENERAL ELECTRIC FOOD FREEZER • You're always the prepared hostess with prepared-ahead foods! • Frost never forms — no more chopping or scraping frost, no more messy drip pans ... foods never "frozen-in"! • Requires 1/2 the floor space of a chest freezer of comparable capacity. 13 Cu. Ft. Model—Holds up to 438 lbs. of Frozen Food. 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