Australian Pine/Grevilleas and others for use on fabric

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    Botanical Alchemist New Member

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    Hello
    I’m a resident of North Vancouver and I am an artist that uses plant material on fabric. I am in search of two specimens, that are established, in order to use some of the plant material to try on my fabrics. They are in the photos I have sent along. If you can steer me in the direction of anyone that owns these plants, in the lower mainland, I would be very grateful :)
    Fingers crossed…
    PS. Also looking for a Dogwood tree
     

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    The main one growing outdoors in the Lower Mainland and Coastal Northwest is Grevillea victoriae. This produces bunches of flowers rather than spike-like shapes. If you want the elongated inflorescence like in your picture maybe you can get it through a flower shop or floral department at some point.
     
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    I’m looking for any variety of the grevillia that is already established in someone’s landscape. I would like to have a few leaves/flowers to see how they print on my fabrics. I’m also looking for the Casaurina(Australian Pine) tree for the same purpose.
    I do not want one to grow myself. Hoping someone has one that I can visit and have a bit of it.
    thank you :)
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I think the Grevillea victoriae on the side of the West End Community Centre is still there. I'm not home this month to check for you. I posted them in 2020 at https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/threads/flowers-that-bloom-in-the-fall.99261/#post-398335. I was there recently, noticed that several plants have been removed, but I think these are still there. OTOH, my memory is not all that good. If you don't get there to check, you can start a conversation with me in February and ask me to check on it. It's close to where I live, not much effort to walk over there.
     
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    Thank you so much. I won’t be using these plants until spring so I will take you up on your offer to check it out in February :)
     
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    pmurphy Contributor 10 Years

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    I have grevillea 'Leanne' growing in my yard, as well as pink dogwood and edible dogwood aka cornelian cherry (cornus mas).

    Grevillea is currently full of buds and usually starts to flower in March - April.
    Cornus mas is a winter flowering dogwood and should be flowering within the next month (flowers look similar to witch hazel) before leafing out in spring.
    Pink dogwood is at its best June-July.
     
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    Thank you for responding. I would really appreciate it if I could come and get some when the plants/tree are fully established for this year. Can I contact you in May/June please?
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    The shrub is still there at the WECC. Leaves are green. There are two small flowers that I assume have been frozen, but they serve to tell you which plant it is. It's snuggled up against one of the Pittosporum plants of the same size.
     
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    How kind of you to remember to go look. It’s very much appreciated. I’ll go visit it in the late spring.
    I’m also looking for a eucalyptus tree. Another unicorn in our area. Found a very mature one down in the Chinatown area but branches are too high as it is a very mature tree.
    if anyone spots a eucalyptus in the lower mainland, I’d appreciate a heads up as well.❤️
     
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    wcutler Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    What kind? Check out Garden Explorer | UBC Botanical Garden - do a search on Eucalyptus to see what all is there. And then when you visit in late spring, you can post photos as a new thread in the (2) Talk about UBC Botanical Garden | UBC Botanical Garden Forums forum.
    I posted Eucalyptus gunnii at (2) Appreciation: - Eucalyptus gunnii | UBC Botanical Garden Forums.
    I thought these would be the same, but I wasn't confident enough to name them and I didn't post them. They are (or were) in the mini-park at on Chilco at Comox.
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    I might have been given the name of this Eucalyptus neglecta at Kits Beach east of the Concession building
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    This is in east Vancouver, E. gunnii at 4835 Price Edward. It's ten years since I took this photo, and I have not looked for it since then, but it's on the city's map.
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    There are three others listed on the city's map at Street trees — City of Vancouver Open Data Portal.

    I'm going to add "and others for use on fabric" to your thread name.
     
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    Thank you wcutler for the detailed information. I hope to come across a privately owned tree that the owner wouldn’t mind me coming by for a few leaves/branches and the fallen leaves from the eucalyptus tree. Any type of eucalyptus will work as they contain great tannins for printing onto fabric. I will check out the locations you have so generously shared.
    And as well, I would love to hear from anyone who thinks they have specimens of any other plants that might work for
    Fabric Transfer/Ecoprinting.
    Thank you
     
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    I've heard that staghorn sumac is good - I have one of those growing out front.
     
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    Thank you for your reply. You are right. It is one of the best printers and most reliable:)
    Luckily I have a source for that.
     
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    Hello
    Hi again. Wondering if your Grevillea is established enough to come and get some to try to print in my fabrics?
     
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    I am looking for Salt Cedar(Tamarisk) to use for my botanical printing on fabric. I understand this to be an invasive species and not desirable to be encouraged in Canada. If anyone has some they are clearing out I’d be happy to come and help :)
     

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