Thursday, September 20, 2012

More wonderful colours of nature

Incredible colours - all natural! This bromeliad flowers only occasionally, so this display is to be cherished.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Look very closely!

This little forager bee is working in the camellias.  Her knee britches are full of pollen and her back covered in it.  She's from the harder working hive - given that she's dark.  Yesterday I was mending holes in the netting and later found an exhausted little forager from the other hive sitting on my welly. I took her back to the hive; it might have been her last trip - she looked so tattered and tired.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Horticulture

What a difference 15 days make.
Beautiful rhubarb flower heads.  They'll look even more gorgeous soon.
These have been growing on the roadside outside our place - always in danger of being destroyed when the road grader (very seldom) comes by. Maybe this will be the year when they are rescued?



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Mooching around with the macro

I do like this macro lens.  Difficult to use though when there's even the slightest breeze.
 Camellia flower - camellias aren't my favourite plant, but we have about eight different varieties and they are interesting.
 Miniature iris.
 First azalea to flower this season.
 Ever present tagetes.
 A bug! Usually seen in pairs and locally known as push-me-pull-you - for obvious reasons if you see them!


 Buds on the cherry laurel.  They will provide yet another beautiful aroma soon.
 She-oak fronds.
 Flowers of the blackwood - so very small and discreet.
 Au revoir lavender.
My favourite camellia flower.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

A word of warning

Always always make sure you keep your lavender pruned!  Or you'll end up with "branches" 2m long - 1.8m of hard wood and the rest newish growth.
Two long rows of lavender bushes are no more. It's amazing how much land can now be reclaimed for growing other plants.  Generally I'm really good at imitating Peter Cundall - prune and prune hard - but sometimes the plant wins and it's not always to its benefit.  Resolution - keep the lavender pruned!!

This wattle tree in the next paddock is probably one of the sources of pollen and nectar for the new gang.

Today is cold and extremely windy.  So not a wee bee to be seen.  Being a newbie at this game, I was immediately on the phone to the beekeeper - who thought it was a hoot that I seemed to be panicking.  I wasn't, just wanted to be sure of my facts!  I'd assumed that they'd be sensible and not leave the hives in the high winds.

Am reading a great book - The Urban Beekeeper by Steve Benbow. It chronicles a year of beekeeping as he increases his urban beekeeping sites in London.  Well worth reading, generally and as a beekeeping manual.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The most glorious and heady perfumes

Walk from here
 to here
and your senses are overwhelmed with the most glorious scents.