Those days, I didn’t rely on Google for answers. If I had, I’d have known that there were smaller variants.
Then I saw the price tag! I should have guessed it would be daunting since these Australian native plants from the Proteaceae family had been imported. Then they told me they had smaller 8-inch ones at a more affordable price.
Question was, would these bloom, and if so, when? But I figured that if the plant never bloomed, I could still take consolation in its handsome foliage.
That was mid 2013.
Less than three weeks ago, I found buds forming on my (now more than knee-high) plant. What lovelier surprise could I have asked for on New Year’s Day?
The raceme of lightly furred buds split to reveal a pastel shade beneath. The soft colour deepened as the flower morphed into its distinctive spidery form with slender curved pistils. Some call this the ‘spider flower’.
Can spiders be lovely? I’m not an arachnid fan, so I’d have to say nay. But you can give me the Grevillea … anytime.