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Ask RiotACT – Is this wattle early?

By Barcham - 11 June 2013 18

Wattle!

Rioter Grump has a question for the Riot collective:

Hi, just noticed some wattle blooming up the end of the street – can the hive mind say whether this is normal (I suspect it’s a good 8 weeks early) or is this another harbinger of global warming?

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18 Responses to
Ask RiotACT – Is this wattle early?
Ryoma 10:03 am 12 Jun 13

Not sure, but I have a cherry tree and a persimmon in my garden. Both are supposed to be deciduous, and both started losing leaves not long after ANZAC Day. So far, so good, right?

I had a look at them yesterday, and both of them have green buds on them, as if it’s spring already….what the?….

And this is despite the frost and fog we’ve had recently, which has killed some of the smaller stuff in the garden. I was going to give both a bit of a prune as they are supposedly “dormant”; but it’s been wetter and warmer than usual this year.

Any ideas from keen gardeners – do I just give them a pruning anyhow, or wait another two or 3 weeks for the weather to get properly, consistently, cold, as opposed to just being so at night?

eily 8:14 am 12 Jun 13

And if you want flowering early and out of season, three/ four weeks ago I saw both a bearded iris and a lilac (which was still shedding its leaves) in flower.

Lillypilly 12:48 am 12 Jun 13

As someone who is allergic to the pollen (in the form of my face blowing up into a blowfish)…

S#1T!!!!! 🙁

Pork Hunt 8:45 pm 11 Jun 13

Mr Evil said :

Wattle in Canberra in bloom in June = Global warming + we’re all going to die………

Hopefully not from rising sea levels. We’d be in real trouble then…

Mr Evil 8:27 pm 11 Jun 13

Wattle in Canberra in bloom in June = Global warming + we’re all going to die………

Pork Hunt 7:43 pm 11 Jun 13

StevenBailey said :

I used to know a lovely old woman in the little country town of Delegate who swore black and blue that the first wattle blooms meant snow. She was right once.

If the world was the shape of a bullock, Delegate would be under its tail. Or is it Dalgety, I always mix the two up…

breda 7:25 pm 11 Jun 13

eily – you’re right, of course. On reflection, it looks more like a. podalyriifolia, the Queensland Silver Wattle. This amazing plant grows everywhere from tropical Qld to Victoria, and is frost hardy, according to the Botanical Gardens site:

http://www.anbg.gov.au/acacia/species/A-podalyriifolia.html

Mind you, there are so many wattles that it could still be something else. 🙂

For one thing, it supposedly flowers in late winter, so unless there are strong regional variations, early June is pretty unusual. But, some plants get tricked into flowering again in late autumn (eg some of my azaleas) if the conditions are right.

StevenBailey 7:10 pm 11 Jun 13

I used to know a lovely old woman in the little country town of Delegate who swore black and blue that the first wattle blooms meant snow. She was right once.

eily 6:10 pm 11 Jun 13

Its not Acacia baileyana (Cootamundra wattle), the leaves aren’t fernlike.

Useless information you cannot live without: ‘Cootamundra wattle’ is the colour used by the ACT fire brigade for their fire fighting appliances (according to Wiki)

breda 5:43 pm 11 Jun 13

Looks like Cootamundra wattle, which is a bit of a weed in this part of the world.

It might be a bit early this year, but there was a heap of it growing near my old workplace which always flowered sometime in June. Probably just the fact of a fair few sunny days and a bit of rain at the right time providing prime flowering conditions this year.

Holden Caulfield 4:39 pm 11 Jun 13

I guess it is a bit early, but there’s usually a lot of acacia plants in flower along the Fed/Hume Hwy en route to Sydney in the cooler months.

MrBigEars 4:18 pm 11 Jun 13

There’s a ~1000 species of Acacia in Australia. Most sp. are spring-summer but there’s a few species that flower in autumn and winter. Without knowing the actual species, (not a botanist) I couldn’t say.

You could record the date and return every year to record the flowering events. For Science!

EvanJames 4:03 pm 11 Jun 13

Some wattles flower in winter, I used to enjoy the NGA sculpture garden that had a variety of exotic wattles flowering when it was crisp and cold. The one in the picture isn’t exotic and is a smidge early, but you’ll see others coming on through June/July and into spring.

grump 4:01 pm 11 Jun 13

I had associated them with late winter flowering, not the start of June, hence the question – I know wattle has species which flower at all times of the year – just not ‘ready’ for it this early associating it with the days getting warmer! Sorry 😉

Holden Caulfield 3:44 pm 11 Jun 13

Wattle flowers in winter does it not?

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