Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Encyclia alata is and orchid classic being so named for 180 years. Because the yellow/brown flower heads form clusters resembling swarming bees local gardeners refer to it as the bees knees. Whatever. With such a pungent perfume it's a popular call bird. Lemony, but I sense honey in there somewhere. However, the Little Yellow Thornbill is not here for nectar as much as the tiny insects gardens grow. Slightly in more shade a Hoya cumingiana will likely supply some bird breakfasts as well.