An ancient plant with new hope

I think my most favourite plant in the garden is my wonderful Wollemi Pine.

If you don’t know anything about the Wollemi Pine it is an ancient plant, in fact one of the world’s oldest and rarest dating back to prehistoric dinosaur times!

Another fab-fact about the Wollemi is that it was only discovered 10 years ago somewhere in the Blue Mountains National Park – it’s exact location has been kept a secret for security purposes – we don’t want any fools trekking into the area and destroying or pilfering them!

It’s survival, evolutionary stance, and its status as a threatened species, helped to have the Greater Blue Mountains area declared a World Heritage Site in December 2000.

My little Wollemi has a double stalk and produces the most delightful long cones that you can see in the pictures included. The Wollemi Pine can grow up to 40m with a trunk diameter of over a metre.

When I move to my new home Wolly (my nickname for the pine – and yes, before you ask, I do talk to it!) will be carefully transplanted in to the ground for its final resting, and hopefully, growing place!

These hardy plants, they must be they’ve survived this long, can be grown in pots of the ground and are easy to care for.

The thing I love most about my Wollemi is that it was a gift from my father. He, and I, love this plant because it is a survivor, it is beautiful and it comes from a place we love so much. And while Dad is no longer with us his gift and spirit is still growing in this pine with me.

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