Friday, April 05, 2013

GA Eucalyptus meets the TX Star

There is a cute little park 
in a neighborhood
near our condo in Atlanta.
It has three beautiful Eucalyptus trees.
We dropped by there a few weeks ago,
and I was lucky to find a 
couple of branches laying on the ground.
(Apparently it had recently been pruned,
and these branches didn't make it into the clean-up bag.)
So, I did a bit of tidying up myself,
and brought those branches home with me!
Before I bought a Eucalyptus tree of my own,
I wanted to see how the one and only
species that grows here in northeast GA
would respond to eco dyeing.

I used a piece of silk upon which I had already eco-dyed
a Texas Star Hibiscus,
which is the lavender-blue flower you see above.
The bits of orangey-red are the Euca.
I'm so thrilled that it actually worked!

here is a more detailed shot of the leaves:

and of course, there's a bit of the Texas Star
shining through!

and one more shot before I go:

I'm not sure what the other dark brown spots are -
don't recall if they were already there or not,
but you can definitely see the Euca leaves in this shot.

We did purchase a Cotinus last Fall,
and have babied it all winter,
watering it weekly if we had no rain.
I'm thrilled to see little red 'budlets' 
appearing on its branches!

So, now I will plant a Euca,
when I find the right, protected spot
in my garden.

thanks for stopping by
have a happy weekend



Ginny Huber said...

Lovely to see this Judy! What a great find, those euca branches and GA euca and TX hibiscus seem to "mate" well.

Jeannie said...

Yea! I was hoping your eucalyptus would turn out and you would be adding one to your yard. The leaves smell so nice and the seed pods are so interesting. Beautiful cloth. Have a wonderful weekend! xo

emma-alittlebitofeverything said...

Lovely printing - I was gutted when the wind blew mine over & I'd never 'got round' to using the leaves! I will get a new tree & I WILL make use of it ;)

Anonymous said...

Congrats, Judy!
The colors are really nice!