2010年7月6日火曜日

little Aussie battler

Japanese folk mythology has the all sacrificing, no free time, give your life to the emperor, the company, the family story.

American folk mythology has the American dream.

Australian folk mythology has the little Aussie battler. The person who just can't get a break. Bad luck follows them like a bad smell. They work hard day in and day out and someone else gets the prize.

The early settlers? They slaved away clearing land to start farms and then suffered through drought and locust plague and fire and then more drought.

The ANZAC soldiers? They went to help the Brits, got royally messed around and died by the hundred unnecessarily on the beaches and in the trenches.

The blue collar labourer? Works hard day in day out for the man, wages get cut, the union is useless and then his factory shuts down and the jobs go to China.

The overriding theme in all these hardluck stories is that despite all the hardships the little Aussie battler keeps on trucking. Nose to the grindstone and just never give up.

Well, every morning I am reminded of this folklore when I walk out the gate and see my snowgum. It was a gift from my grandma in the form of a packet of seeds. A little bit of Australia up here in Nagano. Well we have had nothing but failures trying to grow our snowgums. The first batch of seeds never even germinated. A little research (a call to grandma) and we tried again by first placing a sheet of paper over the seed tray and setting it alight to create the same conditions as a bushfire. (Some Australian plants only seed after a bushfire. How's that for being a battler?)

Then we lost them all the first winter and started again in the Spring. Last Autumn they were a metre high. Spindly but a metre high. I was convinced I should start worrying about branches dropping on the cars or the postman rather than wintering them but no.

Come Spring they were brown dead sticks.

I was really disappointed.

But then a couple of weeks ago I noticed something:


Those little round leaves? My snowgum! Sprouting from the base. So far only one but I am not giving up hope.

That's an Aussie snowgum after all.

A real little Aussie battler.

2 件のコメント:

achan さんのコメント...

"Where there is a will there is a way!!"

I have a little Aussie garden and even though I loose as many as plant the ones growing bring me such joy. I really love my geraldon wax it is always in flower and looks great. A walk around town always brings a smile to my face to see the gum trees and wattle in different places.

BTW I'm having problems with comments on my blog. Your comment hasn't appeared on my blog for some reason, it is still in my email though. Hopefully I can work it out

Katrina さんのコメント...

yay for those tough aussie trees! I have 2 bottlebrush trees that seem to really suffer the harsh niigata winter and i always think they will die. one had a split trunk after the weight of the snow cracked it, so i bound it with tape and voila this spring it came back to life and bloomed better than ever before!
they truly are aussie battlers.
my friend has a gum tree in her garden and its now taller than her house!
what i would love to grow next is a jacaranda.