Saturday, July 15, 2006

The wattles are blooming

from Wendy
In July-August each year the wattles are in bloom, adding patches of yellow and gold to the land. The other day we drove to Ocean Grove to visit friends - before Peceli took off for a long holiday in Fiji - and noticed hundreds of wattles already out.
Here's a sample of types of wattles - but not from my camera but from google and flickr. I guess, wattle is our national flower.


Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

Is the wattle considered a harmless, pretty flower or a noxious weed? The reason I'm asking is that its color and appearance kind of remind me of the tansy ragwort back home in the States. When it blooms it has a wonderful, yellow color, but it is both toxic (deadly to livestock if eaten in quantity) and hard to get rid of.

A friend of mine who raises goats recently wore herself out digging a huge pile of tansy out of her field. That's what reminded me.

6:45 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

That's a new one for me - that it might be toxic. Haven't heard of that, but I did find a site that said some varieties are considered as weeds in some places.
It's not a small plant, but a tree. We had one in the back yard but someone loved using the chainsaw and cut it back, and back, and back! Now it's gone! Makes me sneeze anyway.

6:00 PM  

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