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Inspired by Susan’s Spring blog I thought I’d post a few pictures of what some modest planting can do to brighten up your garden and importantly attract a few bees. This is one area I’ve neglected in the past so I am attempting to rectify it this year.

Marigolds are so easy to grow and need very little maintenance even in my dry hot garden

‘Working’ plants can provide lots of colour too like these Queensland Arrowroot

Similarly food crops going to flower and seed can be very attractive as in this broccoli.The native bees love it but were camera shy.

My one and only flowering fruit tree

And finally the reliable natives

They not only beautiful and maintenance free but attract native birds like this fella

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Comment by Lissa on September 16, 2015 at 5:43

Hippeastrums produce a lot of seed after the flowering. It can be fun growing these on and creating some new colours.

Comment by Phil on September 15, 2015 at 22:03

They look great Susan. I remember seeing this segment on these flowers on Gardening Australia. Pity the blooms only last for a few months. Do they attract bees? The good thing about Grevillea are that they can flower multiple times during the year for long periods. I might try growing cosmos as I really like the idea of self seeding. Cheers

Comment by Susan on September 15, 2015 at 18:06

Hi Phil, 

I do like the natives that you have.  I've often been tempted to plant grevillea's but I have run out of room.  I've now got self seeding marigolds and cosmo's - they are delightful.  And my trusty climbing rose burst into bloom this weekend.  I love spring.  If you want showy spring bulb flowers, can't go past the hippeastrums.  Mine are just putting up flower spikes and they only last until end of October but they are gorgeous.  Here are some from beginning October last year.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on September 13, 2015 at 16:28

Looks great. 

Comment by Lissa on September 13, 2015 at 15:18

Beautiful :) A garden should be full of colour and life.

Yep, Nasturtiums are winter growing and flowering for me. Mine will die off shortly. Save the seed and plant them in Autumn and then they will just drop seed and take care of themselves from then on. I just throw them around where I want them to grow next year and they come up when the time is right. Very hardy.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 13, 2015 at 14:59

Might do better to wait for autumn. The plants prefer the cool season. I was darned lucky that the nasturtium plants came up by themselves when we started to make the gardens. They're not an Australian native plant so the seeds must have landed on the hostile territory which was the starving grass on this plot. Once we started digging, the seeds found a good home and haven't looked back since. The plants have made their way from the front to the back garden by their own efforts. Amazing really, 30m front to back and only exploding seed-pods to help them.

I have some young plants you can have if that's any help. Deception Bay, just send a private message to me.

Comment by Phil on September 13, 2015 at 11:46

Thanks Elaine. I'm trying to grow Nasturtium from seed at the moment but without much success (which is a little embarrassing). Not sure how long they take to germinate. I got some seed from Lissa's garden and also from a plant Michael brought to the GV.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 13, 2015 at 10:19

Delightful, Phil! Add 'Nasturtiums' (aka Tropaoleum sp.) and you have a vibrant winter garden which the bees love. Added to that, the plants happily re-seed and wander about the garden shedding light and colour wherever they go.

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