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I call this the queen of all my wattles. The tree is so graceful in form and the trunk lights the tree from within. Each wattle blossom is distictly separate, and the leaves close up at night as if in prayer. I love this tree.

I grew my wattles from seed, and had quite a bit of ‘help’ from young magpies when I was placing my thumb pots prior to planting them. After watching me, they thought they’d join in and move some pots around too! That I could cope with, but they also found the labels appealing, and started taking them out of all my thumb pots! As you can imagine, there is a small chance I have the name of this wattle wrong. Please, if that is so, and you know the correct name, please say so. I will be very grateful.

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  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot Jan – I love the story behind this wonderful tree.

  • Thanks Bev. ;-)) I had four trays of thumb pots – wattles, gums, melaleucas and grevilleas of many kinds, each of which look very similar. Until then I’d been noting everything down on a very large sketch of our 2 acres. I gave up!!!! LOL

    – Jan Richardson

  • Coloursofnature
    Coloursofnatureover 6 years ago

    such a glorious capture and a wonderful story, but why oh why didn’t you photograph the maggies playing with the pots!!!- congratulations Jan

  • Thanks so much for your comment, Valerie. All this was before we were living here, so every 2nd or 3rd weekend we travelled 4 hours up from Sydney, worked on the property all weekend, then travelled back to Sydney again. I was taking some photos with a dinky little Polaroid digital back then, but to be honest, I was just too tired to be bothered! NOt that I could have held the camera steady anyway, I was laughing so much! I just decided to let nature have her way. ;-))

    – Jan Richardson

  • Helen Phillips
    Helen Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Dazzling image and great story.

  • Thanks so much, Helen.

    – Jan Richardson

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyover 6 years ago

    Ohh La La!

  • Why, thank you Ma’am! ;-))

    – Jan Richardson

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 6 years ago

    Fabulous shot and a great story. Wonderful tht you grew this

  • Thank you so much, Kala! It was by far the cheapest way of doing it!

    – Jan Richardson

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