Ok, so snowdrops are my favorite plant, but sometimes I get distracted… like every few minutes, but right now my favorite plant is the cardinal flower (Lobelia cardinalis). We were away for a week and when I made my first return tour of the garden and saw this, I just maybe let out a little ‘wow’.
Cardinal flower is a native of Eastern North America, and this same plant can be found in the woods, in ditches, along ponds… anywhere the ground stays damp, and I’ve seen it there, and honestly it’s often looked better than my planting, but this one’s here in the garden, and anytime I can sneak over to take a look I do. It’s harder than you think considering the resident hummingbird usually gives me a dive-bomb when I linger too long.
The cardinal flower is nice but my favorite plant is actually this coleus. As far as coleus go it’s probably kind of dull, but when I look at how these cuttings have filled in and see how the colors go so well with the rest of the bed, I’m thrilled.
Who am I kidding, my favorite plant is actually this tiny Stachys albotomentosa ‘Hidalgo’. It grew from seeds and when these little peachy red flowers finally opened it easily moved into the favorite position. Do I need to mention it’s a relative of the gentle lambs ears and also known as the seven up plant? With a little imagination the foliage has a soft drink scent when rubbed, which is a nice touch, but honestly I’d rather it were more hardy and stood a chance of surviving winter here…
But then I went to the nursery and was a little surprised to discover I’ve become my grandmother and geraniums (Pelargoniums) have become my favorite plant. Seven tired and sad looking specimens came home with me and I can’t wait to see what a repotting and some liquid fertilizer can do for them. I’ve been under the delusion that geraniums are my favorite plant before, and it usually involves collecting them, overwintering too many, and then wondering what to do with them. We’ll see.
Oh and did you notice the grey little succulent in there with the geraniums? It’s a pot full of Chinese dunce caps (Orostachys Iwarenge) a cool little plant which is supposed to be fully hardy to zone 5. You wouldn’t guess from the way it looks now but in early summer the rosettes will grow upwards to become little peaks, or dunce caps. I think the name is very appropriate for most of what I do here, and when it blooms next year I’m sure it will be a favorite 🙂