One of my favorite flowers in my neighborhood is the bottlebrush.
During the winter (or what passes as winter for the Houston area), its bushes look just about dead.
Then April hits and boom! Buds emerge followed by those lovely, red bristles. You can’t help but touch them.
Did you know that the bottlebrush is native to Australia? Wonder how it got all the way to Texas.
I know that those danged bees definitely are glad it did. They sure were protective of the ones I was shooting, much to my dismay and apiphobia.
It was yet another in my many “brushes” with the pesky, little stingers!