This is a guest post from Frank Schuurman, who is a retired nurseryman living in West Auckland. Frank's post is about the Australian plants currently flowering in New Zealand. These are great plants to help out the bees over winter…so get planting :D!!!
Thanks Frank for providing us with this great post.
If anyone else is keen to do a guest post, then please get in touch. Take it away Frank…
Australia Fair – Frank Schuurman
Our Australian neighbours have a fantastic range of outstanding plants, many doing extremely well for our moderate climate and flowering in our winter just when we need them, starting with their marvellous Eucalyptus, we grow the red Eucalyptus Leucoxylon and we have just planted 50 Eucalyptus Meliodora.
Next are the Grevilleas, in many varieties beautiful shrubs growing from 50 cm in prostrate form to shrubs 2-3 meters tall, they like free draining soil and prefer full sun, an excellent range can be seen in the botanic gardens in Manurewa.
Then there is a large range of Calistemon varieties commonly known as bottle brush, the bees just love them, and next come the Banksia’s in their various forms up to 5 metres tall.
Just starting to flower are Acasia’s better known as Wattles, excellent pollen source and in many varieties, growing as a bit of a weed with their oil holding seeds lasting for a long time waiting for a fire to make them quickly germinate. We visited the Wild Flowers in Western Australia last year and the range of “Bee plants” is enormous.
While locally a bit of Gorse is starting to flower and a good pollen source, I also noticed some ornamental leptospermum or Tea tree just starting to flower.
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