Along the boundary of our back lawn are the trees, Cordyline Australis, or the common name “ Cabbage Tree” ; they can grow to 20 metres tall, and flower in spring, After this there are thousands of small berries, turning from green to cream
Tui,bellbirds, starlings, sparrows, blackbirds and others flock to the trees to eat the fruit.
There is a saying “ If the Cabbage Tree flowers early, it will be a long hot summer”,the flowers are in full bloom right now. I will wait and see if our summer is indeed hot.
In a shaded part of the garden foxgloves thrive. The colours range from pale cream, delicate apricot, and deep purple. The bees like diving into the flower, and the flower is designed so that when the bee goes in to get the nectar, it will get pollen on its wings. Then when it visits the next plant, that pollen rubs off and another flower is pollinated.Nature is clever, innovative, and an artist in design.
This photo was one of many, as the Bumblebee visited almost every flower on this stem.
“ The rain has come, the grass has grown, Hugh is out getting it mown”.
And as for me, weeding, replanting the pots that had spring bulbs, planning the summer flowers, and checking growth in the glasshouse, New bean seeds are germinating, the Yellow Submarine tomato plants are thriving, I might need to take them out when the flowers come, to make sure the flowers are pollinated. More bees needed!!
Quotation of the day, from Robert Browning
The year’s at the spring and days at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;The hill-side’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in his heaven- All’s right with the world !
Greetings from Jean