Six plants I can’t live without is, as I mentioned last week, a meme that I read on Maureen’s A View from England blog that I’ve obviously got to do!
I’ve actually chosen six that I like to grow, and indeed do with one exception.
Daffodils, or narcissus if you prefer, are the flowers that I think really do herald the arrival of spring. Much as I like the traditional yellow ones I also like the all-white ones and the various mini varities.
I grew up with roses as my mother had lots of them in her garden, mostly red ones and my own favourite Icebergs, and always had some in vases. Although I only have three roses on the plot I’m also lucky enough to be able to look at Nikki’s wonderful collection whenever I like!
I like poppies be they the familiar red ones or the small Californian ones. I had lots on the plot last year which hopefully self-seeded to do so again this year. Just in case I’m also sowing more including Iceland mixed colours.
Sunflowers are such a wonderful smiley flowers, especially the tall singles with their big sunny faces peering down! I wrote this post yesterday morning, which was dull and wet, when the post arrived which included a lovely card from Beginninghere. She also sent me a packet of Vanilla Ice seeds which look to be a wonderful variety to grow.
Blue is my favourite colour but I often feel that blue flowers don’t always have the impact that they should, perhaps because of the lack of contrast with green foliage. However last year I grew cornflowers which I loved for their intense colour, long flowering season and the contrast against the biscuit-coloured grasses among which they grew.
The one plant that I would like to have is a hydrangea. For me there is nothing that matches its sheer, but not too showy, presence. It is a wonderful plant that provides all year round interest. What more could you ask for!