I don’t know about you, but I’ve found a lot of plants here in New Zealand that I really like. I like seeing them grow in their home range, but I think it would be a shame if I never saw them again. They are too unusual to forget!
I’ve decided to try to grow some of the plants that I’ve seen here. Bringing back entire plants is unfortunately out of the question, so I’ll have to settle with seeds. Some NZ plants take a while to germinate, but that’s part of the fun. Some of them are commonly found in nurseries (Cordyline australis, I’m looking at you!) so I will probably end up picking a plant or two up as collateral damage by the end of next year.
In no particular order, here are some of the plants I will definitely by trying to germinate from seed.
I have no photo of my own of Hebe speciosa, which is interesting given how common it is here. It’s a nice plant, and it should grow well in my garden!
Most of these plants have ultimate sizes that will be much too big for my garden. Fortunately, I think it will take a long time for that to happen. In the meantime (if some of the seeds germinate) I’ll have quite a few new kinds of plants to enjoy. I’m going to have my hands full with all theses seeds when planting time arrives!
I love a challenge. Whether it is germinating seeds from exciting new plants (at least exciting and new for me), keeping and raising fish, poison dart frogs, and ornamental shrimp, or navigating new areas of the world without maps or guides, I am interested in it. I have lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, and I'm still fond of moss and gray skies.
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Oh, there are so many Kiwis I’d love to see in cultivation… To my twisted mind, none is so prominent as the vining (as opposed to scrubby) form of Fuchsia perscandens… And then, of course, some of the Lobelia…
Wow, that would be quite an interesting fuchsia to see. Seeing as it’s winter, I wonder if I’ve seen it and didn’t notice it?
F. perscandens flowers from August to March, according to the monograph of the NZ species. It’s apparently widespread everywhere south of Auckland – to the north, F. procumbens takes over, but restricted to the beaches. That’s a plant well-established in PNW gardens that would be great to see in the wild!
I’ve missed F perscandens flowers by a few months then. I’d like to see some in the wild though, I’ll keep an eye out.