Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Variegated Peppermint Tree?


A Photo from our trip to Owen's Orchids.

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Some time ago I had the honor of meeting, via our little online garden club, a nice young lady from Australia. Laura sent us seeds all the way from down under when we were rebuilding our garden after the storm. I was so happy to find out that she has a blog. Australia is filled with some of the most unusual and beautiful plants that you have ever seen. Laura is an excellent photographer and I have seen her post some gorgeous pictures of beautiful plants over the past two years. Currently she has a post up about a Variegated Peppermint Tree. Its one of the most beautiful trees I’ve ever seen. The dark bark showing through the light green foliage is just gorgeous! If you’re interested in seeing new and unusual plants, you might want to check out her blog, One Aussie Perspective. Meanwhile, I’m going to shoot her a note and see if that Peppermint Tree makes seed!

16 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

What an amazing bloom. It is so exotic it almost doesn't look real. I'll visit Laura's site and look at her pictures. Not only do they have some lovely flowers but Australian birds are beautiful too;)
Marnie

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, Australia is one place I would love to visit. This photo shows us a gorgeous plant. I will pop over to see more.

Lozza said...

Thankyou for the mention, Randy. I'm excited :-)

I did see your note. I'm sure they make seeds but the variegated tree is a more unusual variety and is on the other side of the country and I don't know where I can find any near here. Maybe I'll just have to make another trip over to Western Australia ;-)

I can find seeds for the regular peppermint tree but it's foliage is not as pretty. It still is an awesome tree though.

http://www.australianseed.com/product_info.php/pName/agonis-flexuosa-peppermint-willow

From what I understand, it will grow in your zones 10 and 11. Not very familiar with your zones.

Western Australian plants typically like heat and dry conditions.

I will check with the nurseries here and see if I can find out some more information for you.

Cameron (Defining Your Home) said...

That is so gorgeous! What a beauty!

You are an excellent photographer, btw!

Cameron

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

My parents (who are German/were Austrian) met in Oz. My mom loved it there and I'd love to visit. That plant is super-duper!

Jamie and Randy said...

Thank you for the compliment, Cameron! I'm just an amateur, but every now and then I get a good shot. I think I may start framing some of them for inspiration.

Monica,
That Peppermint Tree is gorgeous!, unfortunately it's only hard to zone 9b, :-( that leaves us out. I guess we could grow it in a pot!

Darla said...

This is a beautiful photo!

Jamie and Randy said...

Darla,
We visited Owen't Orchids in North Carolina. I thought about doing a post on it but I don't know any of the names. I took alot of orchid pictures.

tina said...

What a neat flower!

perennialgardener said...

That is an gorgeous exotic beauty! Thanks for the link to her blog, I'll have to check it out. :)

sweet bay said...

What a beautiful orchid flower. I'll have to go check out the Variegated Peppermint Tree.

Pam/Digging said...

Thanks for the tip about the variegated peppermint tree. I love her images and am just imagining smelling peppermint in the garden. It would seem like Christmas all year.

Jamie and Randy said...

I thought you guys would like that tree. I just keep going back to look at the photos. Pam, I noticed you asked about the leaf color, I don't think that's fall color, I believe that is a summer picture.

Darla said...

Re: Coneflowers, Randy all I know is Purple Coneflowers and if you are interested I would be more than happy to collect seed for you. rusdar@hotmail.com I actually could send you a plant. They get an attitude when first planted until they are established.

Sara G said...

That is such a pretty flower!
And a great photo!!
Take care

Gail said...

That is one spectacular flower! gail