Lycidas scutulatus.

This small jumping spider was noticed while checking the tomato plants in the vegetable garden. It was still there after getting the camera, and a series of shots were taken as it moved from one leaf to another. It is an easily recognisable species, look for the marks on the abdomen, the dark head, and the white around the eyes. Click images to enlarge.

Christmas In The Native Garden.

A collection of photographs of some of the plants that are bringing colour to the garden at the moment, beginning with Hibiscus tridactylites. The flowers of this small plant may only last for a few hours, but are quite beautiful and well worth a place in the garden.

With the paper daisies just about to come into flower they were eaten off by a rabbit. They showed their resilience however by sending up new flower stalks that escaped the grazing rodent.

In the same family, strawflower, Xerochrysum bracteatum, the many colour forms resulting from breeding in Europe and Australia make a great show.

Prostanthera lasianthos is aptly named Victorian Christmas Bush, this is the beautiful pink form from the Clearview Nursery of the late Bill Cane.

Grevillea Moonlight is a very successful and vigorous garden plant enjoyed by honeyeaters.

It has taken Grevillea Honey Gem nearly eighteen months to recover from the severe minus seven frost of July 2017, it is now happily in full flower once more and dripping with nectar.

Grevillea Peaches and Cream was not affected as badly and recovered to full flowering more quickly .

To conclude this celebration of Christmas colour, one of the emu bushes, Eremophila maculata, a shrub that is rarely without a few flowers. It is also nectar rich and good for the honeyeaters.

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