Saturday, 23 August 2008

In Flower Now

After reorganising my greenhouse a few months ago to fit in more plants, I thought it was time to give my poor Orchids new pots after being neglected for so long, and move them to the other side of the greenhouse. Since the move and new pots I now have flowers on my Orchids. I think they like the new position better than the old one.

No Name
If anybody knows the name of this plant let me know, as it is well liked by the local Honeyeaters.
We have seen Brown, Lewin's, White-throated, Blue-faced and Noisy Miners all feeding on the flowers.This plant was growing in the garden when we arrived and is still flourishing 25 years on.

Exotic shrub to 3m high. Its beautiful scented flowers are a great attraction for Honeyeaters, Butterflies, and other Insects. Over the last couple of days I have seen Rainbow Lorikeets feeding on the flowers. This is my second attempt at growing this particular shrub as the first one was run over by a truck. I have made sure this one is in a safe place. As you can see the bees love it too.

Native Rosella; Native Hibiscus (Hibiscus heterophyllus)
Native small tree to 6m high can also be grown in home gardens.
Adult Richmond Birdwing Butterfly (Ornithoptera richmondia) have been seen feeding on the nectar of its flowers.

False Sarsparilla; Native Lilac (Hardenbergia violacea)
Native scrambling vine suitable as a groundcover or to grow over logs or on a small trellis.
It is also the food plant for the larvae of the Common Grass Blue Butterfly
(Zizina labradus labradus)

Hovea (Hovea acutifolia)
After seeing (Hovea acutifolia) flowering in its natural habitat we went to the local Landcare Nursery to see if they had any for sale, which they did. It is a beautiful Native shrub to 4m high. The flowers and foliage make it an attractive plant for the garden.

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