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Lonely outback

“I stroke the bleached bones of ancient trees
felled long-ago by industry or cold desperation
and wonder of another summer
when two fell asleep beneath her arms
curling into each other like wind-swept branches
on the edge of tomorrow.”

Kate Mullane Robertson

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Tabebuia rosea for the blog

Mother nature has done it again! Right on cue in mid-September, the tabebuia trees have burst into bloom, decorating themselves with exquisite clusters of frilly, trumpet shaped flowers. It’s their colour and profusion that creates this jaw-dropping spectacle, from the rich pink of tabebuia-rosea, to the vibrant gold of the tabebuia-aurea. These beauties are a genus of the flowering plants in the family, Bignoniaceae.

Tabebuia gold 3

Tabebuia trees are native to tropical Central and South America, growing from Mexico to Argentina and including Cuba. They were introduced into sub-tropical Australia and have thrived and multiplied here as street and landscape trees. Everyone loves them. Most are partially deciduous, losing their leaves as the tropical dry winter season sets in. In September their bare branches suddenly burst into pink or golden yellow blooms. Their small green leaves follow the flowers.

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The wood of the tabebuia tree can be used for lumber, as it is light to medium in weight, and is especially durable in contact with sea water. In the same league as jacarandas and poinciannas, once these magnificent trees are viewed in bloom—cloaked in dense pink or golden flowers—they are never forgotten.

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Magnificent tree

“Trees are poems
that the earth writes
upon the sky.”

Khalil Gibran, Sand and Foam

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Twining trees

“Two trees –
A portion of your soul has been
entwined with mine in
a gentle kind of togetherness,
while separately we stand.

As two trees deeply rooted
in separate plots of ground,
their topmost branches
come together,
forming a miracle of lace
against the heavens.”

Janet Miles

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