I'm on vacation, so only a short written accompaniment today. – Daniel
Guest-blogging today is Eric La Fountaine – Daniel.
I was quite captivated by these Eucalyptus macrocarpa, while visiting Western Australian Botanic Garden in Kings Park in Perth. The fabulous red flowers are the largest of any eucalyptus - up to 100 mm in diameter. The “gumnuts” that follow are equally large, hence macrocarpa (large fruit).
Native to Western Australia, the species prefers a dry environment. It can grow in subtropical areas but is not reliably hardy. The striking silver-grey leaves are as attractive as the flowers and a furry coat helps them hold moisture. The form of the plant can be somewhat awkward, but it responds well to pruning.