These photos show the color difference between the Violet and the Red. Without the comparison the Violet appears Red also, but is obviously different in the street view. The Yellow Callistemon was growing “up the street”.
(The above photos were added after initial publication.)
Bay laurel was used to fashion the laurel wreath of ancient Greece, a symbol of highest status. A laurel wreath is a round wreath made of connected branches and leaves of the bay laurel(Laurus nobilis). It is a symbol of triumph and is worn as a chaplet around the head, or as a garland around the neck.
The bay tree is considered to be one of the oldest cultivated tree species.
Leaves may be harvested at any time but the best flavor can be had from larger, mature leaves. Lay the leaves out to dry and crush them or use them whole but remove before eating. The leaves are a common ingredient in the French seasoning packet, bouquet garni, which is wrapped in cheesecloth and steeped in soups and sauces. It is worth learning how to grow a bay leaf tree for ornamentation and fresh wholesome seasoning. Ref. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/bay/sweet-bay-leaf-tree.htm
Bay leaves are also commonly used in marinades for meat and fish, added to boiling water to cook seafood like crab and shrimp, and used in pickling solutions. In addition to these various savory applications, bay leaves are also occasionally added to the cream mixture for rice pudding, infusing the dessert with a subtle herbal flavor.