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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More Bees Plus.

The bee house has seen activity with masked bees utilising the bamboos for nest sites. Photographs taken on different days revealed that two species of Hylaeus are involved.

Hylaeus nubilosus.

Hylaeus euprosopis.

A female Blue-banded Bee, Amegilla cingulata has also made an appearance, visiting the Derwent Speedwell and Vanilla Lily for pollen.

With warmer weather here the sand wasps, Bembix species are about in numbers, digging nest holes and feeding on nectar from the Leptospermum macrocarpum. Although dripping with nectar these flowers are not visited by honey bees that are busy in the adjacent grevillea. Apparently the nectar is not to their liking, although the occasional native bee will partake.

Odonata too are starting to show up.

Austroagrion watsoni, the Eastern Billabongfly, a teneral female.

Diplacodes melanopsis, the Black-faced Percher, female.

And to conclude, a first record for the garden, Maratus pavonis.

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