What I call the 'bush wattles' are in blooming profusion, (smiles to self), around here at present. The beautiful golden yellow flower heads contrast wonderfully with the grey green of our bush, and with the blue sky. They’re always a good indicator that the days are drawing out a little too.
At Swallow Lagoon Reserve, where Duncan and I go on a regular basis to do a bird survey, there is an attractive understory wattle that provides excellent habitat for small birds, and it is beautifully named.
When it is in flower, it adds another dimension to the bushland scene, but up close it’s another story – thorns!
Why ‘Well Named’?
1. Acacia paradoxa. I guess the paradox is that it is attractive, until you are up close.
2. Kangaroo Thorn. Not sure of the kangaroo bit, but there is no doubting the thorn part.
3. Prickly Wattle. Yep, certainly.
4. Hedge Wattle. Apparently in some places it was cultivated as a hedge for containing domestic animals – ideal.
But, the one I like best and can confirm from experience, and will use from now on if I’m ever asked, is ..
5. Bugger Bush – perfect!