I’d really like to thank The Amateur Weeder, who has very kindly awarded me a Versatile Blogger award. I’m honoured, but I do have a bit of problem when it comes to responding. I try (despite my last post) not to reveal too much personal info – enough is fine – and one of the main reasons is that I’ve had a few problems online and I’m always aware that this could be true of other people… So please forgive me if I don’t respond in kind – but thank you very much, and I do appreciate it.
One of the things you’re supposed to do with a VB award is share seven things about you, but I thought I’d have a little snapshot of my seven favourite plants in the garden instead. That’s favourite this minute, mind, not tomorrow or the day after, or even yesterday, and not just those in flower now. And, in the spirit of the thing, I’ll try and vary the pics as much as possible…
First, the birch trees:
Beautiful even in winter, magnificent in autumn or when the little baby leaves are first uncurling. Delightful to sit under on a hot day. Please let’s have some hot days in 2012. Pretty please.
Then lilies. I adore lilies and their decadent scent.
The white ones almost light up in the evenings; they seem to hold some of the sun even after it has gone down and this shot was taken late in the evening. I have to grow them in pots, though – I’ve tried putting them in the garden, but they don’t do well. I keep expecting mine to deteriorate because I don’t repot them enough, but they seem to thrive on neglect.
Now for the best leaves in my garden:
Melianthus major. Mine even flowered the year before last, but it may have knackered itself by doing so, because I lost it in the hard winter (well, I suspect it was the slightly more prosaic bad weather that did for it). I have got a replacement, and the old one did throw up a couple of shoots. Not completely dead, then.
Next, and rather more ordinary – calendulas, good old pot marigolds.
Uncomplicated, but I defy anyone to be anything other than jolly in their presence. There’s such a range of colours available now, and almost any mixed packet of seeds will throw up some wonders. I even had stripes last summer.
Sunflowers. They’re often a favourite round about now, but I also often forget to plant any. But this year I will remember.
A few years ago one of my neighbours commented on my huge sunflowers. She’d had some bad news and had been feeling low, but she saw my giants grinning at her over the wall and they quite cheered her up, so I will sow more this year. And the birds like them too.
I must have irises, too.
I’ve just been looking at the iris bed, and all this rain seems to have left me with a bit of rotten rhizome syndrome. I think they’ll be fine – they’re tough buggers, mine – and I’ve got some new ones to introduce. We’ll see.
Finally, and this is a bit of a cheat, the meadow. All of it.
I have a tendency to ignore sound in my garden, so here I’ll make a plea for including the noise of the meadow in high summer (assuming we have one – ed.). The birch leaves rustle and the small branches rub against each other in the wind, the grasses whisper and the whole place is full of crickets. I must add, in the interests of truth, that there are also rowdy birds and passing walkers, plus the sound of the sea, trains and a coast road in the background.
In case that lot isn’t versatile enough, here are my seven favourite things to do in the garden (other than weeding), in no particular order: reading, eating with friends, spinning wool, planting new things, indulging my obsessive photographic tendencies, drawing / painting, and washing fleece. Really. Well, you certainly can’t do the latter – effectively – indoors.