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The Gardens of Tasmania

Gunnera, Anemone, Echium, Silene around a Lily Pond

Larry Hurley‘s obsession for plants is never satisfied by just growing them, and choosing which perennials to select for Behnkes’ customers.  Oh, no.  He and his equally adventurous wife like to take off to parts unknown or at least seldom trodden and explore plants that are complete surprises.  We nagged Larry to cull out just a few from his hundreds for our blog readers, and here’s a selection of plants not in the wilds of Tasmania, but in some surprisingly familiar-looking gardens.

Above in a photo taken at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Garden, you see a mixture of familiar and not so much – like the Echium that looks like a Buddleia to Larry’s American eyes.

Below, in another scene from the Royal Tasmanian, are Aquilegia and roses, with still more Echium, which are native to North Africa and Europe and do very well there.  Very dramatic, don’t ya think?

Echium pininana ‘White Tower’, Tree Echium, and Aquilegia

And below, a group of Banksias, a plant that sure looks like it belongs underwater.  Larry found these at the Inverawe Gardens for Australian native plants, in Margate, Tasmania.


Finally, some good old roses in the Battery Point neighborhood of Hobart, the capital of the Australian state of Tasmania.


Next up we’ll show some much wilder scenes from Tasmania, though we don’t believe any Tasmanian Devils are involved.

All photos by Larry Hurley.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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