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Bees on a mission

I love the street trees of south east Queensland and have posted about lillypillies, frangipani, jacaranda, poinciana and ivory curl trees previously here: http://lightswimming.com/category/street-trees/.

The mock orange (Murraya paniculata) in my street is in full blossom at the moment, after the recent heavy rains, and the bees love it!

Here are some quick macro shots from my front yard:

Murraya paniculata

not a bee
not a beeMurraya paniculata

This the first time that I’ve used my new flash + diffuser for macro shots – pretty happy with how it turned out!

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Lillypilly: Street Trees

Lillypilly are another common and popular street tree of SE Qld.  They have glossy dark green leaves, red or pale green new growth and are suitable for hedging, topiary or specimen trees.

When flowering they can be hugely attractive to insects and I was alerted to the fact that one of ours was flowering, by the buzz of hundreds of bees.

Profuse lillypilly blossoms
One of the many bees going crazy
Lillypilly buds opening, tiny native stingless bee collecting nectar

See my former posts in the Street Trees series here:

Frangipani

Jacaranda, Poinciana and Ivory Curl trees

Frangipani: Street trees

I love the new leaves of these frangipanis – another great street tree of South East Queensland.

We had two huge 60-year-old frangipani trees in our backyard at our last house – we were very sad to leave them, and have been in love with them ever since.

Click the gallery pictures for full size.

Click the following link to see my previous post about street trees – Jacaranda, Poinciana and Ivory Curl trees.

Street Trees

One of the (many) great things about living in subtropical Queensland is the range of street trees which put on a display during the year.  Here are some of the spring & summer ones which I’ve enjoyed:

October - Jacaranda I
October - Jacaranda II
Jacaranda - St Mary's Cathedral - October
December - Poinciana I
December - Poinciana II
Poinciana native
Now THAT is a Christmas tree!
February - Ivory Curl I
Beloved by bees
February - Ivory Curl III

I look forward to featuring other street trees as the seasons change – frangipani, crepe myrtle, camellia and others are (hopefully) future posts.

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