Madame Blue Gum opens her branches as a crown of blossom from October to December, from seaside to hill top. She is an elder, a sage, and will yield in her own rhythm of 5, 7, or 9 years; Tasmania’s flower emblem. Each flower like a little sun, she gives to us; each flower a larder of nectar, she gives to the bees. Her honey is soft and delicate in perfume, attracting the swift parrot and bees to share her crown to live. We have sheltered within the rooted hollows of her trunk, between the earth and cosmos, surrounded by the music of dripping nectar. The blossom yields to us, and the perfume seduces us.