Canberra has quite a few hotels, but this is special…..a timber bee hotel at the National Botanic Gardens, especially made to attract many of the native bees in the area.
(it reminds me of my neighbour’s neat and organised quilting cupboard!)
To attract a variety of bees the hotel features many different room decors, including hardwood logs and mud bricks drilled with holes, plant stems, fern fronds, and hotel ”rooms” made from cardboard tubes which are packed tight with paper drinking straws, the perfect size for a native bee nest.
The hotel is in a shady spot at the Botanic Gardens, and surrounded by flowers, mostly of the daisy species.
I arrived early in the morning to see the new bee hotel, but I’m also here to join a group who do a garden stroll through the Botanic Gardens every week. One of the first things we do is look at what is in flower….how about this Banksia Victoriae Proteaceae?
Near the entrance to the gardens is a bust of Joseph Banks, a British naturalist and botanist, who took part in Captain Cook’s voyage to Australia and New Zealand.
He was fascinated with Australian plants, and the plant genus Banksia is named after him.
The bust of Joesph Banks is surrounded by Banksias, and therefore we are also surrounded by birds.
A Wattlebird is feeding on the Banksia flowers, in branches just above us…..the food must be tasty! Unfortunately, the one thing the Wattlebird objected to was my camera, so no photo…..sadly.
Considering this is mid summer I am surprised at how much is flowering….
Here is a Lemon Myrtle tree flowering gloriously in the summer sun… when you crush the leaves there is a wonderful scent of lemon…
It is thought that Aboriginal people have always used the leaves for flavouring in food, and this tradition continues today. The leaves are used in cooking, to make tea, and are also added to soaps and used as herbal remedies.
These gardens are a paradise for birds…this lovely Crimson Rosella is busy preening his long blue tail and wishing I would just go away..
We are back at the entrance of the National Botanic gardens, what a cool and beautiful spot to spend the morning… I have no doubt that bee hotel will be booked out in no time!