There's an old Red Ironbark on the golf course next door that often catches my eye - seldom my ball, as I'm more prone to slicing than hooking!
Apparently the Gippsland plains and nearby foothills once had some good ironbark cover. There are some small stands of sideroxylon in a couple of reserves nearby, but there's not much left on private property or public land.
The common name, 'ironbark', of course derives from the hard, deeply furrowed and persistent bark.
The tough durable timber was once popular for heavy engineering uses, marine applications, railway sleepers, poles, flooring and decking.
While meandering around this one the other morning, a stray golf ball amongst the grass caught my eye. When I bent down to retrieve it, there surrounding it was a little colony of Nodding Greenhoods.
Glen and I had been waiting to see when the first ones would appear. We've been seeing the leaves but felt the flowers were a week or two away yet. Not so!
Nice little bit of luck, but the best luck of all, I don't think the mower man will be able to get the 'rough cutter' near them - hooray!