Wednesday 12 September 2012
Another great day working in the nursery pricking out more special exotic plants.
Cassia Fistula. The golden shower tree. Grows to 10 – 20 metres. Has racemes of yellow flowers. Southern Asia. Only one of these germinated so it got individual treatment.
Grevillea robusta. Silky Oak. Grows to 30 metres. Golden orange bottlebrush-like flowers. Australia. Only 3 germinated so they were handled with great care.
Erythrina crista-galli. 5 – 8 metres. Small deciduous tree with racemes of deep scarlet pea-like flowers. Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay. Only 2 germinated.
These are all still in the propagating house. I think I am in danger of becoming a bit nerdie with these special plants but they are fascinating and it is very exciting to imagine the tiny 1 and 2 inch plants becoming trees and large shrubs. I wondered if I would be around to see them fully grown and flowering but Alan, Propagator, a very kind and diplomatic man, said of course I would.