I’m a little bit late for this greeting…. Wattle Day in Australia is 1st September, the beginning of spring.
The Golden Wattle flower is our national floral emblem.
It is colourful, full of hope, incredibly resilient, and regenerates easily after fire. The perfect Australian plant.
There are more than 1000 species of wattle in Australia, and I am told, somewhere in Australia a Wattle plant is flowering every day of the year. How about that!
Terry Fewtrell, the Wattle Day Association President says that wattles have been part of the Australian landscape for 30 million years,
“Wattles are like the great silent witness to the whole Australian story…”
I walked around my suburb on Wattle Day, and some Wattles were flowering…
Some parts were nearly finished…
and some were just starting to bloom..
No matter which Wattle plant you choose for your garden, Angus Stewart, from Gardening Australia, says you are onto a winner … (in a very expressive Aussie kind of way)
”because wattles literally grow on the sniff of an empty fertilizer bag”
I was having a very Australian bird kind of day on the first day of spring as I walked….
The Red Wattle bird is watching me from the garden.
Our resident magpie is….looking alert. Magpies can be tricky in spring because they become very territorial and can swoop passers-by. I like to think I’ve built up some good karma by providing so many water bowls for them in summer, not to mention putting up with high maintenance babies.
At the end of the day….a call from the two very cute new kookaburras who seem to have set up home in our area..
And, as the sun is setting over the Brindabella Mountains, more rain is promised this week…
What could be better for the first week of spring?
I hope you are enjoying your green spaces wherever you are in the world.