In July, Tamara of Chickadee Gardens published a post by her "facilities manager" featuring his favorite flowers. Earlier this week, Loree of danger garden provided a list of her husband's favorite plants from their garden. With a degree of trepidation, I asked my spouse if he'd identify his favorite plants in our garden. After a roll of his eyes and my assurance that he could limit his list to ten plants, he laughed and signified general acceptance of the request (after I agreed that we could skip the back slope). As background, my husband has always been very willing to help me with all the heavy lifting in the garden, including the removal of all the lawn that came with it, laying flagstone paths, and constructing a stairway of concrete blocks down our steep back slope. He also built an arbor for our grapevine, a dining table for our back patio, a lath house for my shade plants and, most recently, compost bins.
That said, he shows little to no interest in what I plant, except to occasionally express concern that one plant or another may impact his view of the harbor. He's also severely color blind, so much so that I'm regularly required to advise him as to the colors marking electrical wires when he's wiring anything. I periodically invite him into the garden to look at plants I'm particularly pleased with but the best I usually get out of him is "uh huh, that's nice."
He walked through the garden before making any selections. Then he started pointing to things but he left the camera work to me. I asked if he could tell me what he liked about the plants he identified and he responded to the effect that I hadn't said that was necessary so "no" and we proceeded with him pointing and me clicking the camera. Here's his list in order of selection:
|Pyrus calleryana, aka ornamental pear : This tree admittedly provides good shade cover in the front garden but it's also extremely messy; however, I'm the one that deals with the leaf litter and falling fruit|
|Phormium 'Maori Queen': One of my favorite plants as well. He noted that we had several and his praise encompassed all of them.|
|Pennisetum advena 'Rubrum': He took note of two of them but there are others. He looked up at Grevillea 'Peaches & Cream' as we walked by the area on the right but made no note of that plant.|
|Helichrysum petiolare 'Licorice Splash: I was confounded by this choice, especially as he completely ignored Acacia cognata 'Cousin Itt'|
|Yucca 'Bright Star': Another plant we agree on|
|Polygala fruticosa, aka sweet pea shrub: Although I've got a few of these in the garden, the most I can say about it is that it's a tidy shrub when young|
|Lantana 'Samantha': Another flowering plant, this one with variegated foliage. There was no mention of the lovely sunflower in a pot nearby that echoed the yellow flower color.|
|Pelargonium 'Lady Plymouth': His selection of this one had me thinking that he's drawn to variegated foliage that stands out among the surrounding plants|
|Gladiolus 'Green Star': A total surprise|
If you've counted, his list included twelve plant species rather than ten as we'd both lost track. Like Loree, I suspect the list might be very different at another moment in time. No succulents were identified. I was moderately surprised there weren't more trees on the list (I'm certain the lemon tree would've been included if we'd gone down the back slope) and almost as surprised that he included any flowers at all. I'm not sure what I can take away from the exercise about his preferences other than perhaps that he shows some preference for variegated plants.
Online sources are predicting a nice drop in temperatures over the weekend and although they've consistently underestimated our daytime highs I'm nonetheless hopeful they're right this time. I hope you enjoy a safe and comfortable weekend as well.
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