Wattle Day!

Today is Wattle Day, and the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere! Goodbye Jack Frost *touches head*. I love wattle, its honey scent, its fluffy, cheerful bursts of gold.

Wattle good

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Many different varieties of wattle flower in springtime in Australia. Here is wattle from my garden.

Wattle vase

I’ve been training two Golden Wattles into an arch near my letterbox. Hmm, we’ll see what happens.

Wattle arch

May Gibbs, one of Australia’s cherished authors and illustrators, loved wattle.

wattle babies may gibbs

                Photo credit: http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/forging/identity/symbols.asp

Wattle has graced Australia’s Coat of Arms for 100 years.

Wattle emblem

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There are many vintage images on Google of ladies enjoying themselves amongst the wattle, such as The Wattle Nymph below by A.J.Campbell (1921) –

Wattle nymph

Photo credit: http://www.anbg.gov.au/campbell.wattle/campbell.a.baileyana.html

I came across this delightful poem about wattle recently, penned by Veronica Mason early last century. After reading this I can see I’m not the only one enchanted by wattle.


It seems to be a fairy tree-

The bush was grey
A week to-day
(Olive-green and brown and grey);
But now the spring has come this way,
With blossoms for the wattle.

It seems to be
A fairy tree;
It dances to a melody,
And sings a little song to me
(The graceful, swaying wattle):

See how it weaves
Its feathery sheaves:
Before the wind a maze it weaves,
A misty whirl of powdery leaves –
(The dainty, curtseying wattle):

Its boughs uplift
An elfin gift;
A spray of yellow, downy drift,
Through which the sunbeams shower and sift
Their gold-dust o’er the wattle.

The bush was grey
A week to-day
(olive-green and brown and grey);
But now its sunny all the way,
For, oh! the spring has come to stay,
With blossom for the wattle!

(Veronica Mason)

See? It’s like a drug! Wattle you be doing this spring (or autumn if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere)?

May gibbs

                                                             Photo credit:                   http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/society_art/gibbs/published/index.html

I’d love to know.


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4 Responses to Wattle Day!

  1. Who really made your arch?

  2. HazMo's Mama says:

    Oh spring has sprung hasn’t it?

    I never really appreciated wattle, it was always just those annoying yellow balls of pollen. Of course, now that I’m a grown up with my very own patch of earth, I just love it. That yellow! Those balls! That dastardly pollen!

    This Spring I’m going to fake it ’til I make it and pretend I can garden when really I’m just spreading around hay and mulch and hoping for the best. Oh well, it’s fun though!

    • People who spread around hay and mulch aren’t faking it! I’d believe you if you were laying imitation grass. There you go, one person’s glorious wattle is another’s annoying yellow balls of pollen 🙂 I do feel sorry for people with hay fever.

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