(and sometimes the beast!)




In May bees went nuts for my agave spike! Fighting with the native bees for purchase on the flowers. Top right shows you how big it is and I had to tie it back to stop it getting involved in the clothes line. But look at its sweet little face when it was just starting out (bottom right)... Thought I had a triffid for a while.
 Now at the end of June the open flowers are nearing the end of the spike and still bees fight over the flowers...
...and now they have to fight off the birds as well! Spotted this juvenile blue-faced honey eater the other morning looking a bit grumpy at the constant buzzing.  His not-yet-blue facial feathers are almost a perfect match for the buds.
Then a rainbow lorikeet got in on the act yesterday. A great colour combination...
I'll be sad to see the end of the spike, not only because it means the plant has died, but also because I'll miss that buzzing when I put out the washing.

Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees
And the flowers and the trees
The moon up above, and the thing called love...

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