Friday, November 18, 2005

Silky Oak Calling

As I sit in my room, taking some quiet time, I look out my window to see a huge Grevillea Robusta - a Silky Oak as it is called in Australia. For a few mornings it has been inviting me to put something on paper.

Oh silky oak, you've grown so tall.
As I sit here pondering,
I think of my neighbour Kris,
A forrester from Latvia.
In Australia, as a refugee
He left family - 2 daughters,
Not to hear of them
For many years.
Fear ruled his life,
Understandably so.
He loved his garden
And surrounded himself with trees.
He has long gone to rest,
And the legacy is left
For others to enjoy.
For most of the year
this tree stands rather dull,
Spikey rough branches
And leaves of a dull olive green.
It is not a deciduous tree,
But similar to the Eucalypt,
It sheds many leaves.
In early spring, our back yard has a carpet
Of dead leaves which mulch the garden.
With strong gusts of wind,
The rich dark brown seed pods
Also fly into our garden.
Then amazingly in late spring
This tree bursts into colour,
It is covered with blossom
Of such a rich vibrant golden orange.
Today is rather a dull day
And it's colour appears irridescent.
Soon our back yard will have a
Carpet of soft golden yellow down.
Oh Silky Oak what are you whispering to me?


At 5:07 PM, Blogger faucon of Sakin'el said...

preaching to the choir --
but oh so beautifully
and worth a shower of gold.

At 4:00 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Leonie I adore the silky oak.

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Lois said...

Hi Leonie,
You and Imogen have a "Love Affair" with the Silky Oak .......The tree is part of the Grevilla Family ...
Grevillea Robusta and wow it grows to 80 ft..........
We had many of them in our Garden City parks planted some 70 years ago but over the past 5 years we have lost a lot to the drought a branch here a branch there and then they felled them....unfortunately our council does not believe in saving old trees they seem rather to keep planting new varities of "Drought tolerent" varities, no no they are not and we loose hundreds a year of new ones propably for the same reason...not being watered in their 1st 12 months and the trees being prone to pollution from all the traffic that goes through our suburb now....
But three cheers for the ones like you can see long may they live....Love Lois
(Muse of the Sea)

At 7:03 PM, Blogger Leonie Bryant said...

Thanks for your comments,Faucon, Imogen and Lois. Lois, it is truly sad the amount of old trees that have been 'lost' in the drought. Since my converstion with my silky oak, I have taken particular notice of them around the suburbs. You can see them from afar in their golden finery.

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Lois and Leonie how is it that the Silky Oak has a grevillea flower? It seems incredible that something so tall and leafy and oaky should have a grevillea flower. It really is quite incredible. A beautiful yellow like gold.


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