Spring is definitely upon us here in Southern Tasmania. There are beautiful warm days with glorious blue skies, followed by bitterly cold days with snow and hail, and ferocious winds. The grass is thickening and lush green, and there is a smell in the air that promises summer.
At Swallows Nest farm, the flower thats getting the most attention is still the Waratah. We have a few varieties - there are the large early flowering ones, and then the later pinkish ones. We have some late flowering rich reds and some wonderful Wirrimbirra White. They flower from September through to October and into November when the Tasmanian Waratah, Telopea Truncata, starts to flower.
I came across the following picture on the internet recently and thought it was a wonderful use of a pink waratah. I certainly hadn't seen them in a bouquet like this before. Our white waratahs are popular for wedding bouquets, but these look fabulous and striking too. Great idea.
Of course, as the rest of our waratahs begin to pop, I will be putting up pictures of them. The differences in varieties can be quite amazing.
The other news is that I'm planning a small giveaway! Stay tuned - details will follow ...