Colourful ferns

These native polypody ferns make a bright splash of colour with their vibrant yellow sori (the spore filled clusters on the undersides of the leaves).

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Common polypody (Polypodium vulgare) ferns are easy to grow. They are evergreen and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. They can be particularly useful as ground cover in shady places where many other plants will fail to thrive.

The bright yellow colouration seen in the photographs is only very short-lived – the sori will soon dull and darken – but it’s pretty while it lasts.

 

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Honeysuckle and clever bees

Here’s another example of bees thwarting a flower’s efforts for pollination.

The bee is making use of a hole bitten by a previous bee to take nectar from the honeysuckle flower. If you look closely, you can see the other flowers also have holes bitten in them - the brownish discoloured marks.
The bee is making use of a hole bitten by a previous bee to take nectar from the honeysuckle flower. If you look closely, you can see most of the other flowers also have holes bitten in them – the brownish discoloured marks.

Earlier on in the season, the bees were quite happy to go “through the front door” to get at the nectar. Perhaps now there is less nectar and they are no longer able to reach it that way, so, they just chomp a hole out the side. Clever bees.