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All for the love of nectar!
It’s not all gloom and doom in the garden at the  moment – luckily I do have some winter flowering plants.  Even when it’s cloudy and grey this yellow Abutilon right down near the back fence can be seen from the deck.
Abutilon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abutilon

Abutilon shade

But on a sunny winter’s day like the one’s we had a couple of weeks ago it positively shines –
it is almost like it has access to its own source of sunshine lolAbutilon sun

Around the world Abutilons seem to be known by different names
(Flowering Maple, Chinese Bell flower)
Here in Australia it is known as:
Common name: Chinese lantern
Botanical name: Abutilon x hybridum
http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/factsheets/Flowering-Plants-and-Shrubs/Chinese-Lanterns/868

Don’t you think the flowers look like little chinese lanterns – and look at those huge stamens filled with pollen?  Guess who loves them?

AB 1AB 2

The bees of course lol
I watched this one make his way inside

AB bee turn around – hang on with all his legs –  then sort of slide down a bit and stay there for a while – it was almost as if he was trying to gather the pollen on his rear end!

AB bee 1AB bee 2

Or maybe he was just resting awhile in the shade lol

Linked to Nature Notes hosted by Michelle at Rambling Woods

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