William Morris famously said
"Have nothing in your houses
that you do not know to be useful
or believe to be beautiful"
in a lecture in 1880.
And I rather suspect he wasn't talking about the eucalyptus tree.
But he could have been.
I use the timber from it a lot in my building designs.
This is spotted gum,
used as a facade cladding on the House with the Stripes.
And I specified it for the curved boardwalk entry path too.
The flowers & gum nuts are superb for arranging,
and the leaves are rather super-de-dooper too.
Just ask koalas about that.
It's the reason they are so smiley & happy with the world.
But I recently discovered the oil from this fabulous plant
makes the absolutely best stainless steel & all purpose cleaner ever.
Here's the fab recipe to make it yourself:
And the scent is amazing!
Now I know why the koalas are so smiley!
But seriously, do try it.
It works better than anything I have ever tried,
bought or home-made.
all images :: blue fruit
(top image taken at Portsea)
recipe from here