This last month of winter is not all dark and leafless here in Sydney. The wattle trees are in full bloom and brightening up our grey cloudy skys. According to the Australian Native Plant Society we have 954 of the 1200 genus of Acacia. The next largest occurance is in Africa. The wattle is our National Floral emblem and we call it wattle rather than acacia for historical reasons. The first buildings of the English settlements were made using the very old 'wattle and daub' technique of interwoven branches coated in mud and the local acacia trees were the most useful and so the yellow flowering shrubs or small trees became known as Wattle trees. Here are a few in flower now in my area:
small wattle bush
Wattle tree buds
Wattle tree flowers
another version of wattle. I like the upright red branches.