We're enjoying seeing the signs of spring in our yard these days.  Today Lanette took photos in our front yard of the red bottlebrush blossoms and the kangaroo paw.  Bottlebrush can be easily found in most of Australia.  The bright red variety is most common.  This time of year there are bottlebrush shrubs that seem to be more red with blossoms than green with leaves.  They'll flower well into the summer.

Bottlebrush bushbottlebrush blossomkangaroo paw


View more of Lanette's front yard photos in our gallery here


WA coat of arms (Wikipedia)Our kanagaroo paw is a deep red.  There are many other coloured varieties including pink, yellow, black, and even apricot.  The "red and green" kangaroo paw is the floral emblem of Western Australia and is shown at the top of the WA coat of arms.  Kangaroo paws are native only to southwestern Western Australia.  I'm wondering if we'll be able to grow our own kangaroo paws in a garden back in the States.