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Tuesday, August 31, 2010


Today is Wattle Day.

The wattle is the floral emblem of Australia. 

It's what our country's colours - green and gold - are based on.

There are lots of different types of Wattle .
They all have little pompom flowers and the most amazing scent.
Some are lemon,
some are bright yellow
and some a deep gold.

Some have tiny pompoms and some have large pompoms.
They flower at different times throughout late Winter and early Spring.

At the moment the scent of wattle is everywhere where I live.

These wattles grow in Victoria, aren't they glorious? 

The tree below is growing just around the corner.

More than anything else, to most Australians the wattle stands for home.




  1. Lovely Helsie! That yellow colour is so cheering and such a reminder for you that Spring is on the way! It looks rather like the mimosa so popular in France.

    Jane x

  2. Those lovely black and white cottages that you see in England used "Wattle & Daub" to finish the walls off. I always thought the 'wattle' was straw, but now I'm wondering if we had Wattle in this country all those years ago, or if those early settlers in Australia took the name with them?

  3. Thank you, I didn't know that fact, I wonder if we know the plant over here by another name? as like the above I have only ever heard of Wattle as in Wattle and Daub!

  4. they are absolutely breathtaking, what beauty.

  5. Helen, I needed some cheeriness this morning and I certainly came to the right place. The Wattles are just full of sunshine. Lovely pictures of you both.

  6. OOh what beautiful photos of your both and of course the Wattle!
    Nice to see you both out in the fresh air too enjoying the day!
    Hugs suex

  7. Way to go Toooooooooony.... Such a nice pose. I just so love when you show us the foliage around your country. It's amazing. What a great yellow.


    P.S. You are a cutie-patooie, too....

  8. The damn things make cutie-patootie sneeze !