A Mystery Solved and Some Wildlife Too
|Japanese Photinia (Photinia glabra)
This explains why I did not find it in any of the native plant books or websites I searched. I was led astray by the notion that it was an indigenous plant of some sort. Lesson learned. Here the entire shrub is seen growing beneath the birdhouse. The flowers are quite fragrant. At first you think sweet and rose-like, but quickly, an unpleasant quality enters the sensation. Imagine something that got burnt in chemistry lab with a sweet overtone. Burning rubber and roses!
Roman sent this photo of his Photinia glabra hedge growing in Australia. It was actually a photo taken to capture a shot of the amazing spider web. He also sent a photo of the lady of the house:
Notice that she has a male suitor carefully approaching from behind. We know what his fate will be. In the spirit of the post, I have identified her as Nephila edulis, the Golden Orb Weaver. See if you agree.
I want to send my thanks and appreciation to Roman Soroka in Australia for helping me identify my mystery shrub. I also want to thank him for sharing his photos. My previous mystery plant was solved by Malcolm Evison in the UK. These are remarkable examples of the power, reach and fellowship of the internet.
That just leaves this plant where I need help with identification. Stems on new shoots are red and all of the leaves are small, 2 inches (5 cm) or less in length:
Weather Statistics for June, 2011
|High 71.3° F
|Low 46.4° F
|Mean 55.5° F
|High 16 mph
|Average 1.2 mph
|Dom Dir SW
Observed at South Fidalgo Island (See Climate page for complete climatological data)