Shirl of Shirls Gardenwatch posed a question on her blog: if you were stranded on a desert island, what plants would you want with you? Sounds like such a simple question, and a myriad of flowers immediately come to mind, but I gave it some thought, and these are the three I settled on.
The first thing I’d want in the way of plants would be color — so the first plant I’d take with me would be dahlias. Their color is spectacular and their blooms are diverse. They are showy on the plant and make beautiful cut flower arrangements as well — an important consideration when you’re decorating a grass hut! :)
The second plant I chose was a gardenia, for its extraordinary fragrance. As well, it is an evergreen plant with beautiful glossy leaves, so can be enjoyed all year round. I don’t suppose that’s such an important thing on a desert island. I could tuck a creamy bloom in my hair and inhale its heady scent all day long.
Having settled on color and scent, I decided that, like Shirl, I’d have to have a tree with me. But what kind? I adore cedar trees for their scent and full, feathery branches. I love the sound of poplar trees as their leaves rustle in the wind. Paper white birches are hard to beat, and a mighty oak would provide much-needed shade.
However, I finally settled on an apple tree — living in a region that is known for its apple orchards and varieties of fruit, it seemed like a natural choice. Not only could one enjoy the lovely blossoms, but it would eventually reward with fruit and shade as well.
So, those are my choices — if you’d like to take part in Shirls little challenge, you can sign up here.