Poppies & Nepeta & Ferns & Oh My

People often ask me, “What’s your favorite plant?”  My answer is always the same.  It depends.  Partly it’s the old song, “When I’m not with the plant I love I love the plant I’m with.”  But I think maybe the answer really is, Poppies.  Specifically red Poppies.  Annuals, Papaver rhoes –Flanders Poppies or Corn Poppies —  as here, scattered in the Nepeta, the beginning of my succession garden.   Nepita edit

But also the perennial Poppies, Papaver orientale Beauty of Livermere,

much taller and more dramatic.Papaver orientale beauty of livermere in nepeta

I am hoping these will be available this fall for next year’s bloom.

This is my favorite plant. Or this. Or maybe this.

There’s a song in Finian’s Rainbow (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg, music by Burton Lane) that goes:

“Oh, my heart is beating wildly

And it’s all because you’re here

When I’m not near the girl I love

I love the girl I’m near”

Change ‘girl’ to ‘plant’ and Oh, my heart is beating wildly too.

I ordered seeds for spring planting, many annuals to bring me some quick color where eventually there will be colorful perennial borders, flowering shrubs, colorful groundcovers.  I have also placed a spring order for many additional trees and shrubs – plants which would not have done well during our cold, windy, dry winter if planted last fall, and also some which might have done fine but were just not available.

And each plant I chose became, in turn, my favorite.  Sometimes because I had used it before and know exactly how it will look when it begins to grow up.  And sometimes because I have NOT used it before, and everything I read about it makes me wonder why not, why such an amazingly desirable plant was not – yet – in my plant palette.

So here are some of my, at this moment, very, very favorites, some old, some new, which I hope will soon be making their appearance at Timshala: Corn Poppies, Red Cosmos, Nasturtiums, Bald Cypress, Tatarian Maple “Hot Wings’,  Hydrangea paniculata, Double File Viburnum, Bronze Fennel, Rosa glauca (formerly rubrifolium), Red Pussywillow.