The Best's Story
Grevillea rosmarinifolia(Rosemary Grevillea)
in Gill and Russell's garden in Riddells Creek
When we moved into the house in 1998 this plant was more like a small tree than a shrub, very old, large and straggly - 3m x 3m with a trunk circumference of 70cm. It stood in the corner of the front garden bed and looked, quite frankly, a bit of a mess. Russell set to it with a chain saw (yes a chain saw!) and gave it what one might call a heavy prune! The plant, now 2m x 2m, has a beautiful weeping habit and has thrived. It has hundreds of delicate pink and white flowers almost all year round, a joy for our cool climate garden and for the birds. This plant is one of the most used of all our plants by native birds, both for shelter and nectar. The Eastern Spinebills and New Holland Honeyeaters in particular love feeding on this plant. The Spinebills visit every 10 minutes or so and often hover around it like hummingbirds. The bird attracting qualities of Grevillea rosmarinifolia mean we will soon plant more, including the yellow 'lutea' form.