There are so many reasons to visit Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens in summer…
….watching irreverent Sulphur Crested Cockatoos drinking from elegant water fountains on statues would be one …
However, the reason we have come on this warm and sunny day, is to see the beautiful floral display called Pollination at the Calyx at the Gardens.
This vertical wall is the largest of its kind in Australia, and shows the diverse way a collection of plants and flowers can be arranged, and also how they achieve pollination..
This display concentrates on the plants pollinated by bees, bats, birds, butterflies and moths..
To my surprise I learnt that bees can’t see red, they see red flowers as unappealing black.
However, they are attracted to flowers of blue or lavender tones..
Birds on the other hand are very attracted to red flowers, especially those that can provide plenty of nectar for their relatively large bodies and busy flight schedules…
Australian honey-eaters are equipped with a handy brush-tipped tongue which helps them efficiently mop up nectar from flowering plants such as Grevilleas and Banksias..
(the photos below were taken in the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra)
colour….the colour helps advertise their pollen to be collected from the flower..
scent, the smell indicates a food source such as nectar..
shape, for example, providing a helipad for easy landings, this flower is pollinated by beetles who are not as skilful in flying as bees and moths etc., so they need a good landing platform…
The orchids attracted everyone’s eye, I think there were more photos taken of the colourful orchids than any other part of the display!
The large topiary Blue Banded Bees are a highlight for children..
but not quite as striking as the real ones, with their iridescent blue bands across the abdomen..
Blue banded bees are one of a number of Australian native bees that perform a special type of pollination called buzz pollination…
The Pollination display is on for ten months, and the type of flowers will change according to the season.
The Royal Botanic Gardens is an oasis in the city, full of exotic plants and trees, flowers and palms, something for everyone…
How is this for a view looking from the Gardens to the city ?……… and it’s all free!
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