The Silvereyes have arrived

Bees in their hundreds feeding off the 3m long flower spike

Bees in their hundreds feeding on the thousands of small white flowers on the spectacular floral spike.

Recently, I was rather excited to find that one of my Grass Trees or Xanthorrhoea‘s had developed a flower spike.

The reason for the excitement was that I had waited some 14 years for this to happen, having nurtured these slow growing plants from seed.

A Silvereye perched on the flower spike

A Silvereye perched on the flower spike

Now that the flowers are opening on this spectacular 3m (about 3 yards) long flower spike, the pollinators have arrived in their droves!

The bees are working overtime to get as much nectar as they can, whilst the Silvereyes are also working their way up, down and around, flapping the bees out of their way, getting their own sugar fix!

I have counted 6 of these small birds on the flower spike at once, but mostly they are there in twos and threes. It is a very busy part of the garden at the moment.

It is a long way off yet, but I hope that eventually I will get some seeds from this spike and I can start growing more of these beautiful plants.

Two Silvereyes working their way through the nectar laden flowers

Two Silvereyes working their way through the nectar laden flowers

I have had considerable pleasure in watching these birds and managed to get some photos to share. For those of you who specifically enjoy birds, I hope you will especially like these images.

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15 Responses to The Silvereyes have arrived

  1. Colline says:

    These are lovely – and such an unusual looking flower.


  2. macmsue says:

    Excellent shots, there is no sign of a flower spike on my Grass Tree ;-(


  3. You’ve mentioned this plant before but in bloom it’s so gorgeous. What a lovely way to attract visitors to your garden.
    Don’t know if this comment will appear. I’m having trouble today with my comments disappearing on some sites.


  4. drawandshoot says:

    Those birds really show how huge that flower spike is! wonderful.


  5. pommepal says:

    What delightful and dainty little birds. They are in nectar heaven on your huge grass tree spike.


    • Madoqua says:

      You are so right about nectar heaven – and nothing else seems to be quite as good in the whole garden at the moment! Maybe when the Proteas start to flower, they will get their share of visitors. Some have a lot of nectar in the blooms.

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  6. scrapydo says:

    These little birds are one of my favorites!


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