This time last year, I saw an interesting medium-sized tree at Mishref co-op with strange flowers all over it. I think we need more flowering trees in Kuwait.
I didn’t know its name, and usually at this point I would have taken a small cutting. However, there were a few boys playing there and I didn’t want to encourage any plant attacks… In May last year, I described it to a man at the garden centre – olive leaves and saffron flowers was my description – and he gave me a small shrub. I was convinced it was the wrong one – but I’m so glad I trusted him.
Over the course of the year it grew to 40 cm high and this week, it flowered. If anyone knows the name, please write a comment. I will post an update if I find.
I’m not sure if the Mishref tree has flowered yet. I will check. If you’re interested, it’s between the supermarket and the Post Office. With Gulf Bank behind you and Starbucks on your right, it’s a little further down on the right hand side. It sits prominently and has a lot of character.
Update 9 April 2009: The flowers are called Bottle Brushes – Callistemon-Citrinus to be more accurate.
Thank you Sadia.