What a wonderful thought, to be on a desert island right now. No coat, no gloves, and even no shoes if I don't want to wear them. If I try hard enough, I can almost imagine the feel of the warm sun on my skin.
A fellow garden blogger, Shirl of Shirl's Garden Watch, has posed the question, "If you could take any three plants with you to a desert island, what would they be?" There are no conditions limiting your choices; any and all plants are eligible, because on this idyllic island, everything grows.
It's in contemplating this question that I realize how very limited my knowledge of plants is. I know many plants that can be grown in Zone 5, because that's what's in my personal palette. Outside of a few tropicals, the plants I "know" are but a fraction of what I can choose to take on the island. I'll choose what I know and leave those other things to my fellow islanders that are familiar with them.
Okay, down to the business of making my choices. This is really tough. So I thought to myself, "What would I miss if I didn't have them?"
I've got several roses (teas, grandifloras, floribundas, English, miniature), but the one that gives me the greatest joy is 'Disneyland.' It's a floribunda, and with several blooms clustered on each stem, each is a rainbow of orange, peach, salmon, pink, and just about every other color in this family.
Trees are plants, too, and I absolutely love our Weeping Willows. They are a peaceful and graceful tree, and I love spending time in the shade of the canopy of ours on a warm day.
So Shirl, where is this island and when do we go? I want to be sure to get my ticket before they're all gone! And are kitties allowed to come, too?