Coleraine has two things going for it: the chocolate factory and the Points Arboretum. (It probably has more but I never get around to looking further when I visit.) This time, I only made it to one of the magic two. And it wasn't Glenelg Fine Confectionery. (Next time, next time.)
The Peter Francis Points Arboretum specialises in eucalypts. Oh, there are plenty of other genera — all native — but eucs are the focus. The plant list (PDF) records over 500 species and I think I saw most of them as I strolled around in Thursday's rain, although I only recognised two or three. Yes, I'm as crap on eucalypts as I am on most other plants. I am, after all, an equal opportunity non-botanist.
But not knowing anything about a subject is a reason to load up with books and camera and spend time finding out. Every step is up.
I have one book on eucalypts — Dean Nicolle's Eucalypts of Victoria and Tasmania. It's handy but it's obviously not enough. I might have to invest in Euclid.
While I'm getting a feel for the eucs — which will take ... ooh ... quite some time — I'll take pics and post them. They really are stunning trees.
And I'll write more about the Arboretum soon. Here's a little taste of what's in flower right now.