Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Lasagna with a touch of Grevillea, to taste.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can't put it in (or with) a lasagna, its probably not growing in my garden. Failing that, you better be able to make a dessert out of it - or even better, it be a dessert in its own right. Suffice to say, I don't have an awful lot of ornamentals growing around the place because they just don't tick enough of these boxes - and instead tend to get pushed aside in an endless pursuit of more crop space. But within such menu-driven planting decisions, there's the hidden danger that not enough pollinators will show up to the party - leaving me with plenty of blossom, and not enough birds 'n the bees

So given that I barely find enough time to organise planting my edibles - let alone a streaming succession of flowering plants to keep the bees interested - I began to search for the compact, year-round flowering plant that needs no attention, should such a divine expression of nature exist.

Luckily, my mate Rognvald is a bit ahead of the game than me, and I was delighted when he showed up at my place on the weekend with a Silky Grevillea he'd managed to strike from a cutting. From a year-long study in his yard down the road, it is reportedly covered in flower for most of the year, and is irresistible to bees.

Fingers crossed; this is a first step to more produce - and a small break to the general rule of my garden, lest lasagna start tasting a touch more exotic.


  1. Well, I'm personally hoping this will be just the start of flowers in your garden. They really make the time spent out there more enjoyable--really! And the added bonus of bees and hummers pollinating all your vegetables should clinch the deal. Good luck!

    1. I'm sure I must come across as a strange kind of gardener, especially to someone who has such a vast array of flowers in their garden. I can't imagine you ever having a problem with bees. Does it take you much extra effort to stay on top of your ornamentals?

    2. I spend Saturday mornings out in the garden--but that's mostly the vegetables. I do deadhead a few of the flowers-Heliopsis will bloom for MONTHS if you snip off dead ones, but for the most part,I plant so thickly that weeds aren't a problem, and it is really just so beautiful it makes it nice to be out there.
      We have so many bees--and all varieties of them. I never knew there were so many different kinds.