|We all have our 'plants of the moment', never mind the centenary! I'm loving this front garden combo|
It's time for everyone to tell all! Last week I told you about the plans for the Plant of the Centenary, to be revealed at Chelsea Flower Show in May. I thought it would be fun for us to come up with our nominations for the accolade today, or if that's too hard, you can blog about up to 10 plants. We can then come over for a good rootle around your blog and help you choose the final one.
Angie left a fine comment last week with a lovely story about her nomination:
I would choose herbaceous Paeonies - not everyone's favourite, considered by some fussy and by others as twee but a main stay of a proper English country garden, in my opinion! From the minute those fat red shoots emerge from the soil in February - the anticipation of those fattening flower buds - the prayers that a heavy rainfall will not spoil their show - have you offered enough support - it's all part of the enjoyment!
My earliest memories of my grandfather are him tending to his huge paeony bed which ran the whole length of the garden. Those big blousey blooms - have always been my favourite and I honour him by having a few planted in my own garden now - even one from his original garden which has moved with me from garden to garden.
His other obsession was Dahlias but I have never quite got into them the same - too much work!
My choice could never be described as exotic, tropical or rare but where would we be if we were all the same.
Helen Gazeley wrote a great post about her favourite and how Rosa 'Peace' got its name. She also shows how important the right name can be for a plant to touch our hearts. Helen, I may not be a huge fan of roses, but I'm very happy to add this one to our bloggers' Plant of the Centenary list :)
As for my selection... ???
Threadspider knows me well, so it's no surprise she thought a Heuchera might feature... but then Karen bought Clematis 'Freckles' for her garden and associates me with the purchase... ah yes, there's also my no-longer-a-mystery-clematis C. 'Diamantina', seen in my garden long before its launch at Chelsea in 2010...
a duvet for the winter and heave a huge sigh of relief when its shoots reappear in May. Fingers crossed it happens again this year!
Therefore, my Plant of the Centenary is Dahlia 'Moonfire' :)
We have paeonies, a rose and a dahlia so far. Now it's over to you - what would you like to add to the list? Either leave a comment, or add the URL of your post in Mr Linky below.
Update 22nd April: The shortlist was announced today. It doesn't have my plant, but it does have 2 of my garden favourites. If I remember correctly Shirl deserves congratulations for her selection of Erysimum 'Bowles Mauve' :) Get voting people!