This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The excellent hints on this topic by the editor of the Gardener's Monthly, from time to time, has induced me to note a few of the beautiful genera which compose the flora of New South Wales, and which might be grown in this climate, were the structures for them shaded during the hot summer months, and plenty of air admitted to all parts of the house. Or still better, remove them to frames exposed to a northern aspect, with the sashes ready to be drawn on when heavy rains are expected, and where they could be plunged up to the rims of the pots in clean sand; this would keep the roots nice and cold, and save the fine fibre of the balls of the plants from suffering from extreme heat, as they would were the pots exposed to the scorching rays of the sun. All the genera from this region are interesting. What can be finer than the acacias in their numerous species, Eucalyptus pulverulenta for the beauty of its foliage, and Leptospermum baccatum for the profusion of its beautiful star-like blossoms. The Pimelia tribe, of which the variety Hen-dersonii stands first, I feel interested in, as I had the management of the propagation from the original stock of this plant, having at that time charge of the house department of Messrs. Eagle & Henderon, nurserymen, Edinburgh. This variety of Pimelia has obtained great fame in Britain, and it is to be seen in most cases included in the collections of greenhouse plants for competition at the various horticultural societies' meetings throughout England and Scotland. In regard to its propagation, it will strike pretty freely if the wood is taken at a proper stage of growth, that is neither too soft nor too hard, and inserted in a compost of three parts sand and one of peat, in pots half filled with drainage, the drainage to be covered with spongy peat, with compost firmly pressed together.
Cuttings must be covered with bell glasses, which must be taken off and wiped dry every day. The most success I ever had in extending this beautiful plant was by bark grafting on the old variety decussaia. I need not detail what bark-grafting is, as it is known to all gardeners. The stocks of the variety decussata can be readily obtained from seeds, as this variety of Pimelia seeds freely, and in America, where all plants seed abundantly, I have no doubt it would produce seeds freely, as it does pretty well in Britain. Both it and Hendersoniiif taken care of, and not exposed to drenching rains and very low temperature; indeed all the genera from New South Wales, may be successfully cultivated in this climate, if some degree of care and attention be paid to them, and no gardener need fail in cultivating them if inspired by the love of his profession and determined to excel.