Saturday, January 24, 2009

An Island Girl and Her Plants

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?"


Let's just assume that I can take as many varieties of these as I want, because there are too many gorgeous ones to pick one favorite. If you've ever seen a group of them in bloom (in the ground), there's nothing quite like them. I've been known to spend several minutes staring an amaryllis bloom in the face, studying the patterns and colors in their petals.

Rose 'Disneyland'

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.

Weeping Willow tree

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?


Tessa said...

I love that last photo! What A beautiful garden to put up your feet and stay awhile in! Just lovely! The Weeping Willow tree almost made my list too. Happy Gardening!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Your rose is such a pretty color. I've never seen that one before.
Sounds like a relaxing island to be on sitting under your weeping willow.

Kylee Baumle said...

Tessa ~ Oh, how I wish the garden looked like that now! It's under drifts of snow at the moment and the willow is bare of leaves. Its branches do still wave gently in the breeze, though.

Catherine ~ If you ever see 'Disneyland' and don't buy it, shame on you! I first saw it during a garden walk a few years ago, then bought it. Cindy at Rosehaven Cottage saw mine on my blog and she bought it. It truly is a gorgeous rose!

Tessa said...


I just love Willow- a friend of mine brought me some green, small branches and they dried in twists and turns. I have them bundled in a vase surrounded with potpourri and set in a corner that I doesn't get enough light for a plant- I just love it! Someday, I'll have that tree, hopefully!

Anonymous said...

Oh wow, I can just imagine having a picnic under your weeping willow! What a super choice for trees -- I like your flower choices, too! I think this is going to be one fabulously appointed island! :)

Kylee Baumle said...

Tessa ~ Was the willow she brought you 'Sekka'? (Also known as Japanese Fantail Willow) That one has the most glorious curves and twists to its branches.

Weeping Willows aren't expensive at all, so you really should get one! Or two! :-)

Nancy ~ There's a little pond under that tree, too! In the summer, we have frogs that are fun to watch.
I agree, the island will be a gardener's delight!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful choices you made to take to your island Kylee. That last shot of your garden under the Weeping Willow is breathtaking. I couldn't imagine the island without my pets either. ;)

Aunt Debbi/kurts mom said...

That last picture is stunning. What a beautiful garden. Now I want a weeping willow.

Anonymous said...

I want to be on this island too with everyone. I want to participate in Shirl's project but I'm all caught up in everyone else.

I like the weeping willow! What fun that will be to take along. Will you be able to leave it behind when we get rescued? If not....will you be cutting it back. We might need two rescue vehicles if that tree is coming back with us?

Barbara said...

It's so interesting to read what people all around the world would take to this Desert Island. And if everybody could make a choice, we then would probably have there most of the plants again which we already know ;-) ! However, it was indeed a very hard decision to only choose three plants so I was first thinking about not going to this Island ;-) !! It's a funny "game"!

Anonymous said...

Lovely choices for your desert island. The colour of the rose "Dinsneyland" is fabulous and who could resist such a beautiful weeping willow.

Robin Ripley said...

That willow garden is fabulous! I would need to take that whole garden with me to the deserted island.

Robin Wedewer

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Good choices here Kylee. I think the island will have about every rose imaginable because it seems that many people chose to take a rose.

That pictue of an island looks so inviting. All that warm sun, clear water and white beach. I could use an hour or so there basking in the sun.

Rose said...

Kylee, I arrived just a few hours before you on the island, so I know there's plenty of room for all your plants. But if there is a boat going back home, I'd rather go with you and sit under that weeping willow tree in your garden--you already have a paradise!

I'm not a rose grower, but the "Disneyland" has me intrigued--is it easy to grow. And thanks for including the amaryllis; mine keeps getting taller and taller, but no blooms yet!

flydragon said...

What a fantastic garden you have. It might be covered with snow now, but you know what's coming. Gorgeous!! I also love that scarecrow in the background. Or is that you?:)

Tira said...

I love your choices-the soft and pretty colours of the flowers-pink, salmon and orange are my favourite, and you have them all there. The weeping willow looks very Giverney-esqe

Anonymous said...

Hi Kylee, what good choices and your photos to illustrate them are breathtaking. That willow scene is the stuff of dreams! Your rose is the most perfect color, I will have to look for it. We did share two of the same choices too! :-)

Anonymous said...

Kylee, great choices. I picked hippeastrum, too. I think they are among the most beautiful flowers.

Always Growing

Shady Gardener said...

Kylee, how many kitties are you considering bringing? ;-) Great choices. Willow trees bring back many fond memories!

joey said...

Kylee, your photos and choices are beautiful ... I'm packing but wondering ... though mine a bit rusty, should we include our 'Scalers & Curettes'? I'm for forging foward for a 'needed' vacation :)

Gail said...

Hi Kylee,

Beautiful choices! Do you think there will be room under the willow for all of us! it's going to be a popular spot! gail

Kylee Baumle said...

Racquel ~ Thanks! Yes, I would definitely miss my kitties!

Debbi ~ Get one! :-D

Anna ~ I was late in participating, but didn't want to get left behind. Besides, I'm The Queen of Procrastination!

Willows are easy to propagate, so maybe I should just leave it and start new ones from that one!

Barbara ~ It's hard to choose just three, isn't it?

Karen ~ I do love my 'Disneyland'! And weeping willows are so dreamy to me.

Robin ~ If it's okay with Shirl, we can take the entire garden! LOL

Lisa ~ Oh yay! Lots of roses means it will smell yummy! I hope to have some sun to soak up in a few weeks! Not on an island, though.

Rose ~ You're welcome in my garden anytime! 'Disneyland' has been easy for me. No diseases so far. Part of it didn't come back last spring, so I bought another one and planted it right beside it. They both did great as far as growing and blooming were concerned and it looks like one rose now.
I hope your amaryllis blooms soon!

flydragon ~ Thanks! Yes, that's a scarecrow. I got it in Hocking County at the Lilac Festival last summer. I was going to do a blog post about it and never got around to it.

Nicole ~ I'm glad you like my choices!

Jan ~ Hippeastrums are what get me through the winters, so I could never leave them behind!

Shady ~ May I bring two kitties? Or all of them?

joey ~ LOLOLOL! Tell ya what - YOU bring the scalers so YOU can clean our teeth. I'm on vacation on this island! ;-)

Kylee Baumle said...

Gail ~ There are others that are bringing willows, too, so I think there will be enough willows to go around! ;-)

Cindy Garber Iverson said...

Two of your three are very close to what I would probably bring! The Disneyland rose is a sure thing. And the laciness of the weeping willow has been a favorite for me since I was a young girl. I'd probably choose a California Pepper tree instead though because it's a lot like a willow but it gives peppercorns for seasoning! hee hee


Jan said...

Love your choice of trees, Kylee. I also chose a willow! That's a gorgeous rose, I can see why you'd want to take it with you. See ya there!

Unknown said...

I almost missed this, even though I have (most) all of my favourite blogs 'followed'! Kylee, your knowledge of plants hardy to zone 5 is NOT negligible; I learn about new plants from you on a regular basis, even if I can't FIND them here. I love your choices, especially the willow, because even though some don't love them...I do.

Kerri said...

Oh my, that island looks fantastic to me, especially since we're in the middle of another snowstorm here.
That's a beautiful shot of the willow and your garden. So summery!! :) Love your other choices too. Those are two beauties!

MyMaracas said...

Fun question!
I'd take daffodils and moonflowers because I love them, and zucchini for an inexhaustible food source.


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