Saturday, 12 May 2012

Garden inspiration: free plants!

Now that our lawn has all been replaced by native plant mulch, it is creating more opportunities for seeds of local plants to germinate. We are starting to see seedlings of various sorts coming up all round the garden!

It's exciting, but we also know we've got far more plants than the garden can actually handle: about 30 Christmas bush ((Ceratopetalum gummiferum) seedlings for a start! They'e appearing in large numbers, so they clearly grow happily round here:
Going mad with tiny Christmas bushes
We also have a few spare seedlings of narrow-leafed mallee (Eucalyptus apiculata) and sandpaper fig (Ficus coronata) courtesy of local birds and bats. 
A narrow-leafed mallee about six
months old
Figs like this one are popping up out of bat droppings!
Narrow-leafed mallee grows to only three metres tall, and is a true multi-trunked mallee species, which grows together with the closely related Eucalyptus stricta in the north of the Illawarra. You can see more pictures here and growing information here. Sandpaper fig is the smallest fig tree native to this region, and reputedly has the best tasting fruit (the bats keep beating us to it!). It can grow up to 10m tall, but is often shorter. It occurs across much of the Illawarra and you can find more information here.

We'd like to share a few of these plants with local native gardeners. So if you live in the Illawarra and are keen to take on a seedling of any of these species, drop me a line.


  1. Hi! I would love to try growing some of these in my front yard - I would like to convert it to a native garden, including my verge. I am a local, and I can drop by whenever suits you! :)

  2. Hi Mandy, you're welcome to come over some time. We also have some sedge seedlings which would be good for a verge. Can you let me have a phone number or email address so we can set something up? Not sure if Blogger has a personal messaging system you could use to do that...?

  3. If you click on my username it will take you to my profile, and you can contact me by email. I'll leave my settings that way until you contact me. Thanks! I'm very excited. I have some dianellas (spelling?!) that are doing very well, they are ready to divide. Would you like some? They are quite small growing grasses, but very cute with tiny little purple flowers. Let me know & I'll bring some around for you! :)