First time flowering.

We have been planting Eucalypt trees for 4 years - this is only the second one to have flowered. Now we want some seedlings to appear!
The little ants climbing around in there will probably help that along. We have a flower here (peony) that ants like to crawl all over and it supposedly is good for the plant. Good catch!
posted December 13th, 2017  
Great flower and a bonus ant in there!
posted December 13th, 2017  
@olivetreeann Hi Ann - I'll keep my fingers crossed that the ants do their job. The flowers smelt delicious - just like honey - no wonder the ants were there! :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
@taffy Hi Taffy - these were so impressive - such a small tree and such large flowers! With the most mouth watering honey smell. Cheers Rob
posted December 13th, 2017  
Stunning
posted December 13th, 2017  
I have never seen a Eucalypt flowers - didn't know they had them! Very familiar with the leaves and bark but not the flowers. What a magnificent firework-like explosion of fine petals! I love it. Love the photo bombing ant too!
posted December 13th, 2017  
Ididn't know that eucalyptus trees flowered.But I suppose they must.That is amazing...a real fun flower.
posted December 13th, 2017  
A beautiful image.
posted December 13th, 2017  
Wonderful flowers and a great shot !
posted December 13th, 2017  
@shilohmom Thanks Batya. :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
@Casablanca @woofandweft1 Hi Casablanca and Deborah - I hadn't thought of it but it is quite hard to see the flowers - so high up. They are a bit strange - no petals - the fine hairs are the stamen. They have a hard "gum cap' covering those when they are a bud - and the whole cap falls off to release the stamens. The flower then forms the typical "gum nut" which holds the seeds. They use differences in the cap and nut to help identify different species. All quite interesting and very much a part of the aussie psyche! These one have a fantastic honey smell. Thanks for your interest. Cheers Rob
posted December 13th, 2017  
@peadar Thanks Peter :)
posted December 13th, 2017  
Cool textures. & interesting...so when do the koalas come?
posted December 17th, 2017  
@granagringa Hi Madeline - probably not for many years on the trees we've planted. But we do have lots of mature trees in the forest areas. We have had a few koalas in them - the really dry weather is a bit rough on them - they don't normally drink water but just live on the gum leaves. When the trees and leaves are dry it's not good. Possums and gliders eat the flowers though.
posted December 17th, 2017  
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