When The Stars Hit The Screen

|Corymbia ficifolia|

|Corymbia ficifolia|

Are you experienced?  Can you feel the beauty of these flowers in a state of starburst?  These flowers belong to Corymbia ficifoliaformerly Eucalyptus ficifolia and commonly referred to as the red flowering gum.  It is by far one of my favorite trees of all time.  I've seen them planted around California in private gardens and used as landscape trees.  It is one of many plants that I have to thank Australia for introducing to me.  The flowers of this tree are absolutely killer (and by killer I mean stunningly beautiful.)  Looking at them up close I feel as though I'm falling into their universe of stamens.

|Corymbia flower cluster + foliage|

|Corymbia flower cluster + foliage|

It's as if a cluster of colorful super novas were happening at once.  Imagine using these flowers as a cutting in a vase.

|Corymbia flower + young gum nut|

|Corymbia flower + young gum nut|

Once these blossoms have bloomed themselves out they leave behind really funky seed capsules or gum nuts.  Very Lost In Space.  If you are not familiar with gum nuts then you're in for an usual treat.

|Corymbia Gum Nut|

|Corymbia Gum Nut|

They look like oddly wonderful wooden olives and make super cool textural design elements in an arrangement of cuttings.  Look for them at your florist or flower mart.