Monday, September 26, 2011

What's Blooming This Week?

We tend to assume that wattle is always golden.  But there is one very significant exception and it is flowering at The Drip right now. 

A blood-red variety of the deliciously aromatic Cinnamon Wattle (Acacia leprosa) was found growing in a Victorian forest in 1995 by two bush walkers. They took cuttings to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, which manages a specialised plant conservation program, thereby saving many plants from probable extinction. The plant was subsequently released commercially as "Scarlet Blaze" with profits going to the conservation program.

The discovery is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most surprising and significant horticultural discoveries and the plant was declared Victoria's Centenary of Federation floral emblem.  We have one plant growing here in The Western Acre. For more on The Western Acre click here

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