Desert Island Plant Challenge
Shirl of Shirls gardenwatch has set up,
A Desert Island Plant Challenge
“There are no restrictions to growing conditions. Any plant will grow. Food plants are already available”.
Which three plants would you take with you to the desert island?
Well when I first thought about this I found it impossible to come up with only 3 plants. My head was whirling. Where to start? That one..no this one. Luckily I decided on three groupings which helped me focus and stopped my head exploding. Phew!
1. A plant for fragrance.
2. A plant that has va..va..voom.
3. A plant from my favourite genus .
So here we go:
Plant 1: For fragrance this plant takes some beating. It is Epiphyllum oxypetalum (Queen of the Night). The flowers open slowly during the evening and are finished by the following morning. They smell absolutely wonderful and the perfume, though strong, is not overwhelming or sickly.
Of course I will have to sit up all night by the desert island camp fire to see the flowers but I’m sure a few of you will be there to keep me company. I think I’d better take a torch.
Plant 2: I love Ipomoea ‘Heavenly Blue’. The flowers are large and a pure sky blue. They are showy, dazzling and peacockish. For me they have that special something, that va..va..voom! If this picture looks familiar it’s because it is one of my rotating blog headers.
I’m sure the island will have a tree they can scramble over. I will erect my tent next to that tree, before I light my camp fire.
Plant3: Finally an example from my favourite genus – Geranium. I’ve loved them for years and have never lost interest. Some plants come and go but these stay with me for ever. They are so varied yet always beautiful. Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ has that lovely magenta with a dark eye combination that I find especially attractive. She would always remind me of my garden at home.
Mmmmm….I can see myself now sitting outside my tent, next to the camp fire, admiring my plants, hopefully with a cold glass of white wine in my hand. Shirl didn’t mention if there would be any wine to go with the food plants. I hope so. I wouldn’t want to depend on growing my own grapes. Too long to wait (lol).
Could you come up with 3 plants to take to this desert island? Go to Shirl’s blog to see which bloggers have taken up the challenge.