Interesting and Unusual

The Wollemi Pine ( Wollemia nobilis) is one of the oldest and rarest plants in the world. Samples have been found in fossils dating back 90 million years (the days of Tyrannosaurus Rex). Today only 100 mature trees exist in the wild. They were discovered in 1994, growing in a remote location in Australia. This specimen was given to the garden by the United States Botanic Garden. (information posted by Norfolk Botanical Garden on sign)

I’ve never seen Crepe Myrtles trained and pruned like this before. There was a long border of these used as a decorative fence of sorts. Isn’t this an interesting living divider? The branches seem to be braided or weaved together. I can’t imagine how long this must of took.

This Century Plant Agave americana is native to Mexico and Texas. This was growing in the desert garden at the Botanical Garden. I should of had my husband stand next to it when I took this picture so you could get a real idea of the size of this plant. Look at the trees behind it for a better perspective of the size of this thing. These plants can live up to 25 years and dies after flowering leaving little suckers to continue the cycle. The leaves grow to about 6 ft in length and the plants flower stalk can grow up to 25 feet in height.

This Pineapple (Ananas comosus) was growing in the children’s garden area. I had never seen a pineapple plant up close before, and I thought that the children probably found this fasinating.


8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by OhioMom on July 18, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Love that crepe myrtle, a living fence indeed 🙂


  2. Posted by robin-bird on July 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    hello! i came by to visit via anna over at nature girl. i am also a passionate gardener. what a great botanical lesson this is. especially the wollemi pine. amazing! but the beauty is that living fence. i have seen this work before in other gardens and always envy the time and patience the gardener must have to do this. a true love of gardening can accomplish amazing feats!


  3. Posted by Amy on July 18, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    I love the crepe myrtle fence – that’s incredible.


  4. Posted by Susie on July 18, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    That crepe myrtle fence is really interesting. I can’t imagine the work that went into it.


  5. Posted by Perennial Gardener on July 19, 2008 at 1:39 am

    Thanks Mom, I think the Crepe Myrtle fence was a hit! 🙂

    Hello Robin-Bird! The Botanical Garden is a true display of horticultural experience. The living fence was remarkable. I’ve never seen Crepe Myrtles trained in that way. Thanks for visiting!

    Thank you Amy. The fence was definitely a interesting addition to the Botanical garden.

    I agree Susie, it must of taken a long time to train each of those individual trees to grow that way.


  6. Posted by tina on July 19, 2008 at 2:40 am

    That crepe myrtle is really cool! And the pine. At first I thought it was a monkey puzzle tree. Neat tree and so rare!


  7. Posted by Perennial Gardener on July 19, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Thanks Tina. I thought the tree was pretty cool too.


  8. Posted by I likE plants! on July 21, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Mmmmmm pineapple! I’ve had four homegrown this year. So tasty


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