Wattle in bloom at Wombat Bend B&B in the Yarra Valley. Owner Sue Forrester writes:
When our Snowy River Wattle flowers it’s a symbol for me, reminding me every winter that somewhere along the reaches of that mighty river, which rises in the Snowy Mountains near Mt Kosciusko and powers its way through rugged mountains, gorges, and wide sandy reaches to finally meet Bass Strait on the Gippsland coast, there’ll be banks of extraordinary yellow all along the river’s edge. I may not be seeing it in situ this winter, but I know it’s there. To compensate a bit, it’s bursting its buttons at Wombat Bend. I’m hoping that when lockdown is no longer locking us down, and guests can visit again, it will still be greeting them along the roadside as they come to our gate. But even if it’s moved along into its seed phase, it’s still a lovely sight. Soft grey foliage is hung about with decorative seed capsules, devoured by King Parrots, Crimson Rosellas, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and the sweet Bronze-winged Pigeons who potter on the ground pecking up the discards from the other birds. For now, the lift to the spirit that all the wattles deliver is something to be cherished. In Covid times, when anything bright and cheerful helps to push aside the worries, a bunch of gold may be just what we need.