Are Your Spider Senses Tingling?

|Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' flower detail|

|Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' flower detail|

What have we here?  Look closer, if you dare.  Can you feel its antennae-like styles trying to read your mind or trying to fill it with thoughts?  Well, if so, those thoughts should be about how exotic and ornate the spidery flowers of Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' appear when you take a closer look.  I know I've mentioned this about other flowers but this one reminds me a bit of some sort of a psychedelic galaxy.  Like the Bjork of flowers...all neon like.

|Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' detail|

|Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' detail|

Grevillea 'Winpara Gem' is a fast-growing evergreen shrub that can take on a roundish form and grow up to 6 feet tall and wide.  Give it full sun, well-draining soil, regular to low water (drought tolerant once established), and temperatures that never fall below 25 degrees fahrenheit.  Its form is filled out with filigreed, segmented leaves.  The overall effect is structurally billowy and cloud-like.  As the seasons approach the winter months, nestled in the growth, beaded buds begin to appear and unfurl their luminous styles to create spidery constellations of color that continue through summer.  The look is pleasantly unusual and unique.  Stems of its feathery growth adorned with flowers make a beautiful cut flower specimen for a vase.

Understand this about a lot of Australian plants, they're not fast and easy.  By that I mean what beauty they hold is not always obvious.  You can't just breeze by one of these plants and feel the gravity of its beauty.  You actually have to take a moment to stop, look, and feel the beauty its giving you.  As you step closer to a grevillea flower such as this, it urges you to come closer.  It suggest that you take your time and observe what's really going on here.  Like a beautiful sculpture there are many nuances to be explored.  In the end, you will reward yourself with the pleasure of its beauty.