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.
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
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.