Nature's Place

Oddfellows + The Garden

Not much animation in the garden this week, that I saw anyway. So first today, a few creatures from recent times. Then the garden.

The flightless wasp, female, came in various forms. Probably falling from the trees nearby. This one remarkably vigorous and alert.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Another kind of hopper. Never ceases to amaze, the variety of form and colour living creatures take. Always alert to movement this one, but not unapproachable.

These beetles have a season or two in the garden, depends on the flowering. They like the native ‘crocus’ and various flowering herbs. Here a straw-flower, with a resident spider.

Springtails. They always come out after the rains, especially on the water’s surface in the saucers for pot plants. You can see them jumping around, having a ball of life. Dancing and partying, why not … :-)

A sluggish fellow – ho, ho, ho – not fast around the garden, it doesn’t have wings on its back there. Maybe it doesn’t taste too good, for it to live and grow so big. A hazardous life in any case.

A garden orb weaver, keeping her line taut, the better to feel what’s going on where it can’t be seen. Weavers of death to many in the garden, and a face full of web is not pleasant.

Can’t remember their name, doing what all creatures do, engaging in the process of reproduction. Sex, in other words. The essence of nature … to live and die, and live again.

Every day for a week, same time, same place, just after sundown this spider took up her position to wait for the nights bounty. And it always came … until it was no more.


With all the growth and decay the garden is promising … of possibility. Here’s a few quick shots from this morning.

Butterfly bush, the witchety grub likes the roots so, from experience, for healthy growth it’s best not to cut back too much at end of year. Everything has to be able to eat to live.

One corner of the growth in the garden, always putting seeds where they might take, and leaving plants to grow to see what eventuates. No rules but what works, for them, me and the bugs.

No names either, don’t recall … this yellow flower has been moving around the garden for years, with a lot of help as it needs to be rooted every once in a while. Dead-heading keeps it flowering.

What I call native crocus, the native stingless bees love them. I have these bulbs all around the garden, they are so sensitive to position and condition they will flower all year round with a little help.

One mightily heavy bug house, or bee hotel, by one pawpaw tree and other residents. I found the clay in the local bush and mixed and poured to polystyrene to dry, then drilled the holes. What happens here is up to nature, creatures come and go.

The blue banded bee loves this flower, on a red leaf succulent that requires much attention throughout to keep it watered and flowering. Worth the work to keep the BBB’s coming.

Another name that escapes me. I have them coming up in various positions in the garden. When the creatures come some will love this flower and it’s children. If they come …

An impression of a wilder part of the garden where you can see some of the already mentioned. Some say I have snakes here, and rats, but I say everything has its place, until it doesn’t any more.

That flower again, and some of its children. It’s all just for show today, and it’s all artful anyway. That’s nature … There are many lizards, some mice, birds, snails, crickets … and something to eat them all.

Parts already seen, from a different angle and framing. There is so much in here, and much that can’t be seen yet. That’s the front stairway up to the house at back, an old Queenslander – first farmhouse here.

The butterfly bush is still going strong in various colours, lost some due to aggressive pruning and grubs eating the roots, they didn’t recover. But I’m working on it, getting some colours back again. I work on the surface, others do the rest.

© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look



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  1. Mike Scir said, on 26/11/2018 at 8:41 pm

    “pot plants” lol.

  2. Lissa Clayton said, on 24/11/2018 at 1:22 pm

    Looks like you have most of the flowers named (lovely shots btw – your garden is full of colour). Coleous is the one the BBB likes and the yellow flower pretty sure is Coreopsis. The Butterfly Bush is Buddleia. Lovely thing..comes in different colours which I think you planted a year or so back. Coleous and Buddleia respond well to a good prune.

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2018 at 5:09 pm

      Thanks Lissa. Yes, lost a few butterfly bush to grubs and pruning. May get another yellow soon.

  3. Fotohabitate said, on 24/11/2018 at 3:02 am

    It’s a paradise for insects and humans!

    • Mark said, on 24/11/2018 at 5:07 pm

      Paradise, a place of simple pleasure.

  4. puzzleblume said, on 23/11/2018 at 6:27 pm

    Always wonderful, your images of all these creatures, showing their special beauty, an d this time aspects of this lovely garden, too. The bug house caught my attention – what a good idea!

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2018 at 9:41 pm

      Thanks P… Habitat can be almost anything, for a bug.

  5. okkaren said, on 23/11/2018 at 5:07 pm

    Cone flower is common name, botanical name is Echinacea..

  6. TinyJeremy said, on 23/11/2018 at 2:05 pm

    What plant is this

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2018 at 2:27 pm

      No idea, which is it?

      • TinyJeremy said, on 23/11/2018 at 2:35 pm

        I wouldn’t know

        • Mark said, on 23/11/2018 at 2:40 pm

          Thing is your comment is to the whole post, not any part. So I can’t tell which flower you are referring to. :-)

  7. chicoyaya said, on 23/11/2018 at 1:01 pm

    “That flower”… looks a lot like echinacea to me.

  8. David said, on 23/11/2018 at 11:14 am

    Really great insect shots. Such a lush looking garden and I liked the shot of the corn flower.

    • Mark said, on 23/11/2018 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks David. Yes, the garden is lush, and lovely to be in as early as these shots are taken.

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