Eucalyptus Stricklandii is in bloom at the moment.
There are a row of these trees growing along a main road near a friend’s place in the Northern suburbs, and I have admired them each time I’ve visited. This time I stopped and sampled as well. I wasn’t the only one. The tree was full of bees, but bees don’t understand about pausing graciously when someone offers to take your picture and make you famous (ahem!) on the web.
There were also fully mature fruit:
And fruit that were nearing maturity:
Buds as well, since this is a eucalypt…
And rather spectacular bark.
Here’s the tree as a whole…
And someone’s tenderly crafted home, fallen to the ground, neatly combining flyscreen wire with vegetation and paper that has been weathered until pliable.
Cocoa and chocolate? Chestnut and walnut?