I finally found E Nicholii, growing in Botanic Park. My beady eyes have been searching the suburbs of my city for this tree as I ride past, to no avail until now.
This is such a finely-leaved tree! Perhaps I have failed to identify it if I have seen one fully grown, mistaking it for another kind of tree altogether. I had one growing in a pot but it suffered too much through summer. It is also the only tree I have ever seen as the subject of a public notice at Guild, where I once saw a hand lettered note asking if anyone could supply E Nicholii leaves for a dyer. My friend’s godmother–another dyer–who lives in NSW, recommended E Nicholii as her favourite dye plant. These are some of the reasons I was trying to grow it in a pot. I have given that up and we have a tiny specimen growing in the corner of the back yard. And now–the reason why people are so keen! I think this print is sensational.
See that big black splodge? I have wondered why I get one of these once in a while (and needless to say I have had a few theories). Just recently the penny dropped. Or should I say, the washer dropped–because that is what actually happened. One of my dye pots has a glass lid with a knob screwed into the centre of it. All these eucalypt dye baths have eaten away at the metal of the screw and washers. One washer recently fell off altogether, as the hole in it simply had been made too large for it to stay in position. So… there has been an inadvertent contribution of iron to some of my dye baths, and some unintended black smudges where iron water drips down onto my bundles from above–since this lid is convex, I have preferred it when I have large bundles in the pot. Aha! Another mystery solved. This may explain some of my surprise dye bath outcomes, too…
3 responses to “Eucalyptus Nicholii”
What a wonderful print! So finely leaved, and feather like!
Now I want to try my hand at growing it!
I bought some seeds for Eucalyptus Nicholii from a man in Pennsylvania…. tiny tiny seeds!! Only one germinated for me…. I’m crossing my fingers that it will make it to maturity.
I have my fingers crossed for you, too. If it is impressive that an oak can grow from an acorn (and I think it is), I think it is even more impressive that a eucalypt can grow from a seed the size of a grain of sand!