Thanks to the drought, more salvia publications and articles, many people
growing salvias and having success, salvias are finally getting the publicity
they deserve when I am just about getting worn down and too old to have
Very few nurseries want to stock a large range of unknown plants because
not enough people are adventurous with plants. People say they want unusual
plants but it is hard to keep a nursery going from sales of 'different'
plants to an educated minority. You are not likely to get a lot of choice
in local nurseries unless a big wholesaler promotes them. You may be aware
that nurseries are closing frequently so the selection gets smaller all
the time. Therefore mail order is a good alternative.
I am able to offer a good mail order service because I live very close
to a mail exchange where I can take parcels up to 7pm or so and they leave
for Sydney etc that night. The post does go through over the weekend so
I post Fridays mostly for South Australia or Queensland. NSW and Vic parcels
arrive on the third day after just one full day in the post.
My plants are grown mostly in full sun so that they are very hardy,
although they may not look as pristine as other nursery stock which is
sprayed and cossetted and then left to cope with the realities of the
real world when they are bought. The extremities of my weather are about
minus 2 up to around 42C which is very hard to cope with often.
I am happy for you to call in but it is probably best to advise in advance.
If I am home the nursery is generally open for people who are travelling.
A lot of nurseries are selling incorrectly named salvias because not
many people know what is what. Only nurseries specialising in their field
are likely to be keen enough to keep the names right. If you want the
correctly named plant you are more likely to get it from me or from keen
members of the Salvia Association. I have introduced a lot of species
to Australia and am always working on more.
I have made a CD with a huge amount of salvia photos in alphabetical
order which is about the best available ID guide for Australia. I have
a booklet for those who are computer challenged, Salvias in Australia,
with growing information and identification of about 150 salvias. The
CD is $20 post included and the booklet is mailed for a cost of $7. I
am an enthusiast not a botanist and am trying to describe so that people
with average experience will understand me.
Lavington is a northern suburb of Albury on the old Hume Highway, now
definitely called Wagga Road. I am just one block behind the highway,
turning left (from Sydney) around a Caltex Star 24 hour service station
into Dick Road, and first left again into Boomerang Drive. Albury mostly
uses the U.S. street numbering system and my street is only 2 blocks long
although the house number is 369. Dick Road is where the highway goes
from 2 lanes to 4 lanes from Sydney and reverse going to Sydney.
Coming south from Sydney you will be on the freeway. The simplest exit
is Thurgoona (the second choice) and you will head in the Jindera direction
(right) which takes you up to the old highway (Wagga Road). Turn left
and go back towards Albury for about a kilometre.
Going north from Melbourne you can use the same exit turning left this
time up to the old highway. You can also take the exit before,- Racecourse
Road, going left and left again into Union Road – about a kilometre, turning
right into Dick Road at the other end at a T junction. (There are a couple
of shops on the right just before Dick Road.) You cannot use Racecourse
Road exit to go north to Sydney or to come off going south! These days
with all these GPS locating devices etc things are so much easier anyway.