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    It's Golden Wattle Flowering Time - Hayfever Alert!!!

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    Post by Joy on Thu 07 Aug 2014, 11:10 am

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    Post by granny on Fri 08 Aug 2014, 3:18 am

    :wow: What a difference in a few days.  The wattles are beautiful!  I believe spring is already at your house.  Thanks so much for all the great pictures!! :sorry2: Your nose doesn't like the wattle!!  Granny
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    Post by Joy on Fri 08 Aug 2014, 10:47 am

    Thanks Granny.  :smile:  We don't have many wattles in our town but we do have many melaleucas which aren't seasonal, unlike the wattles. They flower several times a year whenever they feel like it & also cause hayfever. Banksias tend to flower in winter & eucalypts whenever they want to. There isn't really a bursting forth of growth & flowers in our spring. Happens at any time plus the honeyeater birds need feeding right through the year so the native plants oblige by staggering their flowering.   :bravo:
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    Post by granny on Sat 09 Aug 2014, 12:58 am

    Not sure what a melaleucas looks like.  Is this it?

    and is this a banksias?
    I have trouble remembering that you really don't have winter. :roll:
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    Post by Joy on Sat 09 Aug 2014, 10:34 am

    Yes, Granny, despite Bruce constantly complaining about the cold, our winter is not what you would call winter.  :cold:  We don't have frost let alone snow.  :lol3:  We don't own coats but do have jackets.  :yes: 

    That is an "Old Man" banksia flower. There are many types of banksias which seem to flower at different times of the year. The "Old Man" usually flowers during winter. It is called "Old Man" as the bush looks old & knotty in its growth habit

    Here is a pic of two or three bigger banksias with a pandanus tree taken at the Razorback Lookout. This was taken in summer & they aren't in flower.


    In winter when flowering.


    Also the image of what you thought may be a melaleuca flower is similar but isn't one. It looks like a type of cypress. Melaleucas are large trees with leaves not needles. Here is a pic of one across the road from the boat harbour.
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    Post by granny on Sun 10 Aug 2014, 12:14 am

    :thanks:  Great pictures!! :dance017: 
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    Post by Joy on Sun 10 Aug 2014, 7:18 am

    Thanks Granny.  :D  The large volume of pics that I've taken does come in handy sometimes.  :laugh:
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    Post by granny on Mon 11 Aug 2014, 6:11 am

    :lol2: They come in very handy!!  I really appreciate you and your camera.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 11 Aug 2014, 10:56 am

    Why, thank you muchly, Granny.  :curtsy:   :lol2:
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    Post by Dawn on Tue 26 Aug 2014, 4:39 am

    Thanks Joy ! Those last pics of the wattle trees are beautiful ! ....great big beautiful splashes of yellow down the bank sides. A nice tree and as Granny pointed out , many uses for them too. I bet some are used for fencing !.
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    Post by Joy on Tue 26 Aug 2014, 9:36 am

    Thanks Dawn &  :hi:.  These wattles are generally used as roadside plantings by road construction companies, for site remediation, as they establish quickly & consolidate the soil to help prevent slippage. 

    Have never seen the wood used as fencing material. We have a big termite & white ant problem so this wood might not last long if used as a fence.   :O

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