Monday, July 21, 2014
The golden wattle, Acacia pycnantha,
This was "Our Christmas Tree" when we were living in Borneo. Dad was given saplings, He grew and it didn't look like a fir tree. He grew about 6 trees and we asked , why doesn't the leaves look needle like like pine trees?
The saplings grew to big trees, we never got our "Christmas tree". Dad didn't have the heart to chop them down. In Borneo, they never bloomed.
Many years later, I visited Australia and found it in full bloom. No wonder the man told Dad it was Christmas tree.
I saw the wattle in South Port. It is so beautiful, and I told my sister now I understood when my dad in Borneo was given this saplings to grow, seeing the flower reminds me of mum and dad.
The flowering wattle makes it a beautiful Christmas tree.
Wayne Parr's photo.