Text and images by Warren Sheather
Spring is here and many wattles are blooming bounteously. Our garden is a blaze of yellow. Many other native plants are also starting to bloom.
Acacia ingramii is a rare wattle that only occurs in and around the gorge country, east of Armidale in northern New South Wales.
This tall, dense shrub has narrow, linear phyllodes.
In spring plants are covered with bright yellow, globular flowers.
At this time of the year A. ingramii lights up the gorge country in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park.
Acacia leptoclada , the Tingha Golden Wattle, is another local species found in the Inverell/Tingha area.
A. leptoclada is a small to medium spreading shrub that reaches a height of two metres.
The bipinnate (ferny) foliage is light green.
The globular flowers are bright yellow and held in axillary racemes.
Pruning after flowering is appreciated.
Grevillea Amethyst is a small, rounded shrub with slightly prickly foliage.
Flowers are carried in tight, globular, showy mauve flowers.
"Amethyst" will bloom bounteously for many months.
This hybrid would be an ideal plant for rockeries, native cottage gardens or as a brilliant foreground plant in a native garden bed.
Melaleuca fulgens, a Western Australia Honey-myrtle, is an erect shrub that may reach a height of three metres.
Leaves are narrow, aromatic and up to four centimetres long.
Flowers come in a range of colours including scarlet, pinkish-red, apricot or purple.
They are held in lateral spikes up to five centimetres long. Spring is the main flowering period with sporadic blooming at other times.
Melaleuca micromera is another colourful species from Western Australia.
The species is rare in the wild and is a small to medium, upright shrub.
The tiny leaves are scale-like and are pressed against the stems.
Masses of small, bright yellow flowers are carried in spring both terminally and along the branches.
Acacia triptera - is showy but has thick prickly phyllodes.
Grevillea chrysophaea is a good food source for honeyeaters.