Good friend Shirl of Shirl’s Gardenwatch has suggested a meme about being stranded on a deserted island, what three plants would you want to have with you?Click here to join in the fun and read the other entries. Food will be abundant, so that practicality has been taken care of. The three plants would just be for your own enjoyment.~
Shown above, Rosa ‘Old Blush’ I have cogitated on this one, difficult with a head and chest cold to think at all, but these are the three I would like to have growing there. We will asssume the climate is moderate, not too cold or too hot, with ample rainfall, and good well drained moist rich loam.~
Shown above Rosa ‘Fairy Queen’
#1. Roses. I won’t name a particular variety but it would need to be fragrant, everblooming, disease free, might as well make it thornless while we’re at it, and let’s put it on an arbor to give us some shade, to protect our faire skin.
Shown above Rosa ‘Veilchenblau’
#2. Lavender. Or should it be rosemary? No, lavender it is.
Shown above Lavendula ‘Provence’ I love the smell and the look and would use it to make crafts, like the lavender wands made by gathering the flower heads together, tying with ribbon, then weaving the stems back over the flowers making a cage. I have made thousands of these over the years, sold many, given many away and never tire of the process. I will do a post about how to make them when the lavender blooms here again.
Shown above Lavendula ‘Hidcote’ Plus it is a good insect repellant and disinfectant, in case a thorn from the rose attacked, or weaving caused a blister on delicate digits.
#3. This is one I am not one hundred percent sure about, but willow of some sort. To weave baskets and make furniture. I am a little bit antsy and need to keep my hands and mind busy. A little grove of a fast growing variety would be nice. I would make a lounge to go under the rose arbor. Or use it to make the arbor itself. Or an abode for fairies.
If given enough time, I am sure other plants would come to mind that might supplant these, so let’s stop now. What would you choose to help while away the hours?