Propagating Plants at The Drip

We aim to add many new plants to the gardens at The Drip in the coming years so it made sense to invest in a new shadehouse area and  commence our own propagation programme. The photo shows some of the baby buxus and the propagating frames that we use to strike cuttings. 

Hedging Plants
Buxus sempervirens
Buxus suffriticosa
Buxus microphylla
Buxus microphylla koreana

Succulents and Cacti
Aloe Big Red
Aloe Topaz
Aloe Tusker
Aloe Moonglow
Aloe plicatilis Fan Aloe
Agave desmettiana Mirador
Yucca desmettiana
Yucca gloriosa Bright Star
Yucca elephantipes Silver Star
Yucca filamentosa
Endemic and Native Species
 Acacia - unidentified local species
Acacia vestita from local seed
Banksia ashbyi
Banksia baxteri
Banksia burdetti
Banksia coccinea
Banksia hookeriana
Banksia prionotes
Banksia occidentalis
Banksia robur
Eucalyptus sideroxylon rosea
Eucalyptus macrocarpa

Grasses and Strappy leaved plants etc
Miscanthus sinensis
Miscanthus sinensis variegata
Miscanthus sinensis Sarabande
Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus
Pennesitum advena Purple fountain grass
Phormium tenax Wings of Gold
Phormium tenax Jester
Phormium tenax Maori Maiden 
Restio tetraphyllus
Schoenoplectus lacustris  Zebrinus (Zebra Rush
Dianella tasmanica Blaze

Macrazamia communis
Lepidozamia perowskiana

A Special Project 
Taxus baccata Fastigiata  known as "The Irish Yew"

This upright form of the Common Yew has become a very widely used plant in formal landscaping in the UK, Europe, the US and elsewhere  but is still rarely seen in Australia.  This fine and very useful horticultural variety can only be propagated by cuttings which are ideally taken in midwinter. This is now being done with some success in our shadehouse.

The original specimen, a female tree,  from which all plants existing in gardens today are descended was discovered sometime around 1770  by George Willis in the Culcaigh Wood adjoining Crom Castle on the bank of Lough Erne in Ireland and planted in the grounds of nearby Florence Court.  Crom Castle has been the family seat of the Creightons for over 350 years so this tree has a special place in Michael's heart. 

Crom is also home to the oldest tree in Ireland, an ancient common Yew, believed to be more than 800 years old.  The photo above was taken around 1900 in the grounds of Crom Castle.

The yew tree has long been regarded as symbolic of longevity, of birth, death and regeneration, of transformation. It is symbolic of a connection with the past and with one's ancestors.

The yew, and in particular the Irish Yew, originally from the woods at Crom Castle, is featured in the plantings in The Horse Paddock here at The Drip, Mudgee.  We are currently propagating more Irish Yew for use in this area.