I love it in July when the Cootamundra Wattle (Acacia baileyana) starts to flower. Southern Australia does experience winter but it is not particularly severe. I’ve only seen snow where I live twice in 17 years. Having said that, it is still nice to notice something that heralds the end of winter. Every year I try to photograph it. I used to have more than 10 species of Acacia on my block but earlier this year we were hit by a devastating grass fire and I am down to 3. The good news is that fire is a wattle seed trigger so there are little wattles popping up all over the place. I’ll let them all go and keep the strong ones later.
True carmine was a little hard to find. I think the Temple of Literature in Hanoi fits the bill.