Warning or wonder?

A friend visited the other day and speculated on why the eucalyptus are blooming so enthusiastically at the moment.

Is it because they can sense the loom of more devastating drought on the wind and feel desperation to ensure their perpetuity in the brief time before the dry, or is the season stabilized, giving a sense of security to these giants in our midst?

Smooth-barked apple blossoms.
Smooth-barked apple blossoms.

I don’t know, that’s for sure. Living in a largely rural area where there are leagues of generational and career farming families doing it tough, I think we all can only hope these these trees are messengers of a gentler season ahead.

A red gum and apple side-by-side int eh paddock with more blooming trees behind.
A red gum and apple side-by-side in the paddock with more blooming trees behind.

On our property, the Smooth-barked Apples (Angophora leiocarpa) have been going gangbusters in the past three weeks, blooming in clouds of nectar-wet scent. Right behind them are the Blakely’s red gum (Eucalyptus blakelyi), just starting up with their own summer show.

Flowers from a grandaddy Angophora leiocarpa stadning int eh midst of a cluster of young Kurrajongs.
Flowers from a grandaddy Angophora leiocarpa standing in the midst of a cluster of young Kurrajongs.

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