We have a Platypus Gum, planted originally to break the strong southerly winds and provide some shade. It is often full of birds, and standing beside it whilst it is in flower, as it is now, it feels as though the whole tree is humming as the bees enjoy their foraging.
How well the skillful Gardner drew
Of flow'rs and herbes this Dial new;
Where from above the milder Sun
Does through a fragrant Zodiak run;
And, as it works, th'indutrious Bee
Computes its time as well as we.
How could should sweet and wholesome Hours
Be reckon'd but with herbs and flow'rs!
Andrew Marvell 1621-78