In the Ukraine Bees were sometimes depicted on a Decorated Egg (pysanka) as a symbol of hard work and pleasantness ,and represented all good insects which should not be killed. It was a custom to place at least one Egg beneath each Bee Hive to ensure good honey production
This red soil country now grows a number of species of eucalypt that probably did not occur there originally. There is a lovely specimen of Spotted Gum on Lindendale Road, and Mugga Ironbark at the TV station. The Mugga is in full flower now. Naturally it occurs over the Main Range and further west. A major honey source flowering in the winter, but is another eucalypt lacking useful pollen.
The Red Gum that provided the photo of the flowers in the last issue has not obliged with anymore to date. However, there are a couple of others that are now flowering. Just to remind any newbies, Red Gum has excellent pollen, often making up the lack in Grey Ironbark in years they flower concurrently. The Ironbark should start flowering fairly soon.