We’ve been discussing our future here and what we’d like to do. We are in a great rental and we have decided we would like to sit down with our landlord and make a 5 year plan to ensure we are safe to establish things and build infrastructure.
Now we have bees we really want more bee friendly flowers but as we only have the netted orchard area at this stage and we are using that to grow food and herbs it means space for ornamentals is limited due to the rampaging local wildlife.
I’ve been trying to think of ways around this and in my googling ‘plants that possums don’t eat’ I found some results through a PDF file from town and country gardens called ‘Possum proof plants’
Some of the plants listed are already thriving in our garden but not all are safe for bees.
The Rhododendrons are a worry as the flowers can create ‘mad honey’ once used in wars to take down enemies through poison and hallucinations but from what I read the bees tend to avoid it when they have other options and we should be safe (stay tuned!)
White Lillies, lilacs, Iris and daffodils are some ornamental thriving in our garden but what else could we add?
After going through the list and checking which of the mentioned plants are safe for bees these are the ones I’ve chosen for our garden.
My only concern is that some are not safe for any future livestock. I’m not worried about the poultry as they avoid most of the poisonous plants here already naturally (They even eat the foxgloves leaves a little for self worming!).
If we do get goats in the future they won’t be in the areas the ornamentals are so hopefully everyone will be safe!
After we’ve spoken to our landlord we’ll start making a plan for a ornamental garden surrounding the house.
Perennial growing approx 30cm high and spreads to 1m. White or pink flowers in winter, it is
excellent as a ground cover, rock garden or border plant. It is easy to grow, and will tolerate a wide
range of conditions, however it prefers semi-shade and moist, rich humus soil.
Acanthus mollis (Bears breech, Tasmanian angel)
Evergreen, soft wooded perennial which grows in an upright clump to approx 1m x 1m. The dark
green, glossy leaves are lobed and toothed. Purple and white flowers appear on tall, erect spikes
from November to January. This plant has weed potential, so should be planted where it can
spread. A great ‘filler’ in a large garden.
Viburnum opulus (snowball tree, cramp bark, Dog berry, guelder rose, )
Crataegus laevigata ‘Pauls Scarlet’
Deciduous tree, 5-20 ft (4.5-6 m), low branching, rounded top, dense thorny (to 2.5 cm long) branches. Leaves alternate, simple, glossy green, rounded 3-5 lobed, serrulate, of variable size. Flowers double, scarlet with a tinge of rose, very showy
I’ll add more as I come across them but that’s all for now 🐝