Actually I'm joking. I know I've 'talked' about our grass trees (previously known as blackboys which is now felt to be politically incorrect) before so you of course know what they are. You do, don't you? It's OK, I'm not going to be asking questions to see if you remembered!! The bushes are quite impressive and I've also shown a close up picture of the flower spike:
While I'm here I'd like to talk about a wonderful nursery up in our hills called the Zanthorrea Nursery. A cute name for a place that sells nearly all native plants don't you think? We've been there a couple of times over the years and always enjoyed the experience. I'm hoping to find our way back there again before too long to buy a few new plants to cheer up our back garden. You could spend a whole day there just looking around. I'd have to take my walker though or I'd never get around all there is to see there.
Why have I used this Z in my X post.....here's why. This is a quote from their website regarding their name: "The original nursery in Gooseberry Hill had spectacular grass trees (Xanthorrhoea presissii) growing in the front garden. To make the name easy to spell, just as people hear it, we changed it to Zanthorrea. The botanists don't like the spelling but it does make us easier to find in the phone book!"
These are a few of their marvellous display gardens giving visitors an idea of what can be done with native plants:
and a section of their gift shop:
Yes, one day soon, we must make our way back to this nursery.