‘…in spring, the most delicate feathery yellow of plumes and plumes and plumes and trees and bushes of wattle, as if angels had flown right down out of the softest gold regions of heaven to settle here, in the Australian bush.  

D.H. Lawrence, Kangaroo


May Gibbs wattle

The lovely art of May Gibbs


I do love the wattles, or acacias…..our country’s national floral emblem.


Austrlia's Floral Emblem. Golden Wattle


This piece is about three of my favourites; Acacia pravissima , Acacia pycnantha, known as  the Sydney Golden  Wattle and one  I only know as Silver Wattle.  The last named is my favourite, but  oddly enough nobody can identify it for me.


Wattle trees  in  bud……Pravissima and the lovely silver leafed variety.

Silver wttle

May, and the buds are already swelling on the silver wattle.























Where I live high  in the Blue Mountains  of New South Wales,  the trees come into bloom very early; in  July or August. What a sight to lift the heart in winter.

The photos below were taken on July1.


Wattle almost out.


Silver wattle in bud.

Silver wattle.

Wattle in bud.

Almost out. Photo taken July 28


Winter Wattle

God bless our Lady Wattle

Who knows not doubt nor fear,

But dons her golden blossom

The first of all the year.

How gallantly she ventures,

All careless of the cost,

To snatch  a stolen Spring-time,

Or fall beneath the frost!

Gold-capped in gown of silver,

She sets the year apart,

Our Lady of the Winter,

With Spring-time at her heart.



In full bloom

Blue sky, gum trees, a kookaburra and acacia. Yes, that’s Australia.


Gum, wattle nd a kooka.

Essence of Oz.


Stump art Wattle bloom

A sprig  for spring.

Nothing complements acacia  as perfectly as a golden chested Eastern Yellow Robin.


Eastern robin in wattle.

Sweet Eastern Robin in acacia  pravissima.

The king parrots are more interested in gorging on seeds. The pods are so beautiful. Maybe I should  harvest some and try my hand at wattle seed bread.

Wattle seed soda bread

Wattle seed soda bread


King Parrot feasting on wattle seeds

Silvery seeds Delicious!


Acacia pravissima seeds

Seed capsules of Acacia pravissima

The king parrots are so acrobatic…..wonderful to watch as they feed.


Wsttle seed for a male king parrot

King parrot nd wattle seeds

A little snack of  seeds.


Golden wattle

Australian Acacias germinated amid the destruction of Hiroshima and were the first flowers to appear.


Wattle about to bloom

Sydney Golden Acacia  in bud.


Acacia in bloom

Framing our studio.





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