|Silk dyed with Tasmanian eucalypts|
While I was at the rally, a scientific experiment was happening in my kitchen. I wrapped a large piece of silk with some fresh leaves of Eucalyptus morrisbyi, a very rare endemic eucalypt from southern Tasmania, and let it boil in plain water for a couple of hours. (The leaves were from a planted specimen.) I wanted to try this species because it is closely related to Eucalyptus cordata, the Tasmanian silver gum. To my amazement, I learnt recently that Eucalyptus cordata - which is also rare and endemic to southern Tasmania - is renowned globally as a dye plant. I had no idea of this when I named my blog after it back in 2010. I've always thought it the most beautiful of eucalypts, but I am a little biased because I did about ten years of genetic research on it, and have seen all of its natural populations, including pure tall stands on cold mountains with shining crowns of silver leaves.
|Eucalyptus morrisbyi print|
|Turmeric and blackberry dyes|