by germinatrix | April 4th, 2010
Spring is when it happens. Things in the garden are fresher, signs of optimism and new life abound. And then there is the Echium. It stretches into bloom during this time of year, and while everything else is bunnies and new chicks and fresh green and tulips, this shrub sends another message entirely. And that message is, as usual, decidedly sexual in my eyes.
I mean, what is Mother Nature trying to say to us with this majestic shrub, proudly donning masses of … I’ll say it – erections… for all the world to see? And everybody LOVES Echium, they SWOON over it, they adore the big, fat, meaty flowerspikes adorned with tiny bluish purple blossoms. I can only think that it is sign that nature is getting busy. Bees love this shrub as much as, if not more, than everybody else. They are pollinating up a storm wherever echiums are in bloom, and thus begins the happy cycle of the bees and the birds and what is very obviously breeding activity.
It is smart to plant something that is powerfully attractive ( ahem … to bees) in your garden. When bees are enticed by a big, obviously sexy plant, they stay around to take a run at all of the other cute little blossoms in your garden, meaning that over time your flowers bloom bigger and better, your vegetables are producing like maniacs, and all is happy and relaxed in your peaceable kingdom. It’s like having super crazy hot girl in a sorority ( I speak hypothetically – I have never been in a sorority, but this analogy holds true. Poke holes in it if you DARE). She will cause a swarm of boy activity around the sorority, and while she is the draw, the LURE, the rest of the sorority ends up happy because of the overflow. Everybody gets pollinated.
So look around your garden and think about what you have in it that is powerfully attractive to the birds and the bees – Aloes blossoms are pull in the activity in a BIG way in my garden, as do passionflowers.I also have grevilleas that do their fair share for the sorority that is my garden. They help keep all the plants happy and healthy because they do their jobs so well – they are hard to resist. Hummingbirds hover in line, waiting to take their turn, chirping excitedly. Notice which plants are bringing in the throngs, and put in more of them! Mother Nature will be happy, as will the birds, the bees, and most of all, YOU!
XOXO The Germinatrix