The Reason For Grevilleas

Little Brown Honeyeaters are only one of the many reasons I insisted we plant grevilleas in our back garden.  And they are one of the reasons I managed to photograph lately.

A Brown Honeyeater on our RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea

This particular grevillea, the RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea*, was a gift from our friends Brad and Lisa.  It loves where we planted it and although it is full of beautiful, lush red flowers, it only stands a metre tall ( 3’3″).  It does have a bit more growing to do, and the branches still need to gain a bit of ‘substance’ as they tend to bounce a lot when the birds land on them.  This, however, does not seem to bother the birds and as you can see, this little guy loves the nectar.

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With the construction war zone around us (finally) grinding to a halt, recently Dean and I have noticed there has been an increase in bird life returning to the bushland behind us with many of the birds venturing into our back garden and grevilleas are wonderful at attracting birds.  Sadly, most of the birds flit in and out before I have a chance to grab my camera, so I was thrilled when this little brown honeyeater arrived and was completely unperturbed by me clicking away.

Each day, a beautiful cacophony greets us, and we don’t have to be in the back garden to hear the music.

(You may need to turn your volume up, the bushland is more than 500 metres (549 yards) beyond our back fence and I recorded this with my phone.)


I’ve been so impressed with our first grevillea, that I’ve purchased three more.  Coconut Ice, Ivory Whip and Lollypops.

Just look at this beautiful bloom on Lollypops – it’s a gorgeous pink variety that I hope will love where it’s planted and be bursting with flowers very soon.

Grevillea Lollypops

But stayed tuned.  Yesterday I found a purple variety online, it was such an ‘Oh My God’ moment for me, and today I’m hunting it down.


In response to the WordPress Daily Prompt – Lollipop

* The RSL Spirit of ANZAC Grevillea was released by the Returned Services League of Western Australia in March 2015 to commemorate the first major military action by Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli a century ago.

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4 Comments

    1. Oh Calen, don’t be silly. I just point and click and hope for the best, but those little brown honeyeaters are so cute. One day I hope I can capture their song, it is so pretty.

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