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    rebecca sweet

    Great information on some of my favorite plants -grevilleas! I've planted only about 5 different varieties, but as they become more and more available in our nurseries I'm always looking for more. And thanks for the great info on Eucalyptus - must find that smaller variety as it'll probably do much less damage to our rooftops when they come crashing down in the storms!! Any suggestions (besides grevillea) for plants that do well under Eucalyptus? That's sometimes a challenge out here...

    One workhorse that comes to mind is Sollya heterophylla (Bluebell Creeper) which comes in either blue or white flowered forms. Also take a look at Swainsona galegifolia (Darling Pea) which is constantly in bloom during the summer and is a favourite for bumble bees. UC Santa Cruz released a white flowered form a few years ago that works just as well under Eucalyptus trees as it does in a cottage garden.

    My number one pick (if you have the room) is Kennedia nigricans (Black Coral Pea). The common name sounds more like a urinary tract infection from the tropics so I prefer to use Tiger Snake Vine. This is a vigorous vine that is happy to either scrabble through the leaf litter of climb up the Eucalyptus. Expect growth out to 20-30' so warn your neighbors.


    Very interesting information you gave us there. Australia is a country that I really would like to visit some day. And those koalas, I fell in love with them the first time I saw one / gittan


    I think you could easily still have a career as a history professor if nurserymanning doesn't take up enough of your time! This is a much more engaging history lesson than I ever got in college. Also, where can I get me one of them fuzzy gardening helpers pictured with the tools?

    Gittan: Glad you found the post helpful. The best time to converse with a Koala is when he is high-as-a-kite after a Eucalyptus munching session. The other two hours of the day he is likely to be a little moody and looking for his next fix.

    Jess: Thanks for the vote of confidence on my teaching credentials. I've been practicing on the boys while waiting for the "No Cattle Dog Left Behind" act to pass through the house. As for the fuzzy gardening helper... Right Click > Save As and he's all yours :)

    flowers Philippines

    I enjoy exploring your blog.I like also your photos here.



    Such interesting plants. Ooh how I would like to go there. The Koala photo cracked me up. The littlest arbourist!

    Pam Kersting

    Oh, I enjoyed that post very much! Happy Australia Day! I've been enjoying the Australian Open. Wish they had those beauties on the East Coast! The only Aussie species I know of here are Eucalyptus, Australia Breeze Grass (Lomandra) and New Zealand Red Flax (close enough). Love them all!

    Michelle D.

    Thanks for the sandy soil tip for the Banksia's.
    I finally dug up a dead Banksia baxteri today that I have been coddling for 3 years , yet it never performed very well.
    I going to try B. menziesii in a large container and see how my luck goes.
    Great article ! thanks.

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