Sunday, November 25, 2007

Green Thumb Sunday -Favorites

I enjoyed Jodi's entry at bloomingwriter ( at, for some reason my link insert is not working for me today)about her favorite perennials,and thought I'd share a few of my favorites. Really, there are very few flowers I don't like. I enjoy the shapes, colors, scent, and variety of the many plants we have on the earth, of which I only know a few. Today I'll just mention two of my favorites. The first is lilacs, because they hold so many memories for me. I love the smell! They always bloom for my birthday in May, and as a child, I enjoyed two giant lilac bushes at my grandmother's home, one the old-fashioned lavendar color, the other white. My mother took starts from these plants and started bushes in our yard as I was growing up. When I married and moved away, I did the same. My 'heritage' lilac that I have planted in Utah has been planted for about 4 years, and I am still waiting for it to bloom. I think it has needed some time to adapt to the dry, hot conditions of Utah after being an Ohio lilac for so long. Maybe this spring it will bloom.

Another fave of mine are Irises. Last winter I spent far too much time on line, looking thru all the catalogs (Schreiner's, Cooley's, BlueJIris) at the variety of bearded iris. I really love them, and keep adding to my collection in the yard.

What are your favorites?


Angie said...

I love hydrangeas, phlox, and lavender.

chigiy at Gardeners Anonymous said...

It is hard to pick a favorite. Roses? Coneflower? I think Gardenia is my favorite, because it smells great and reminds me of my mom.

farmingfriends said...

The lilac is lovely in your photo. my favourite flower is the sunflower as it is so cheery.
Sara from farmingfriends

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... reminds me of the lilac beside my parents' house. I swear I can almost smell it!

Is it too nosy to ask what part of Ohio you lived in while you were here? I'm just curious, having lived and worked in all but the southeast corner of this fair state myself. :)

Muum said...

oh, no, I grew up in Darke County, Ohio, home of the GReat Darke county Fair, Annie Oakley, and the best (at least that's what we learned in school!) farmland in the U.S. ! (talk about local pride!!)