Firstly, over the weekend I put some bread out to rise near the honeyeater nest (my favourite spot - I realise afterwards, I should not have done that) and when I went to fetch it, she flew away - has not been back since. :(
We regularly walk out past the nest to harvest or work in the vegetable patch, or to throw out the garbage. maybe it was just one too many times.
Then the other sad news is about my bottlebrush which has been struggling to produce blooms. the ends seem to have had some sort of powdery disease, and I wondered if it would not happier in another spot as it was crammed in with a lot of other plants. During the wet season this can adversely affect plants, especially native plants. I dug a hole out next to the front fence where I had been growing a pineapple. I dug out the hole and then planted the bottlebrush, watered it in well, and sprinkled the leaves with seaweed tea. I cant think of what I did wrong but the leaves started to wilt straight away and within a day all the leaves were dry and brittle. there has been rain every day, so it wasnt a case of drying out. I mention the pineapple in case that can cause something in the soil, but that sort of lies on top of the soil and had only been there a couple of months. It hadnt been unhealthy other than not really flowering and having the powdery ends. I have pruned it way back and am hoping for the best, but this was really sudden death if anything. Would appreciate some ideas of what else I can do. Too sad to take photos!