This little pear tree came from Gabo Island. Its parent has been there for a long time. I don't know the history, but I am pleased to have the little green shoots waving hopefully from the hessian wrapping.
This is a Wardian Case. It was made by Andrew Capes, who is making some very fine things of wood in his incubator at Forestech. He made this case from Queensland Tallow wood, recycled from old bridge timbers. Wardian Cases made plant transportation possible on the long sea voyages of the early days of colonisation. The optimistic little pear cutting from Gabo has double protection. A Fowlers Vacola preserving jar and a Wardian Case.
I believe in you, small green thing.
This is Gabo Island. It has lighthouse made of local granite, and a pear tree. This photo was taken from Bastion Point at Mallacoota.