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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Desert Island Plant Challenge

Shirl over at has put out a challenge. If you were standed on a Desert Island, what three plants would you bring? No need to worry about food, water or climate for them.

First pick would be Society Garlic. It has a clumping form, blooms constantly and has that wonder garlic scent. Can even chop the leaves for nibbling.
Second pick would be the ever blooming beautiful white Hibiscus. Now, there's a tropical feel.
Third would be one of my new favorites, Pineapple Sage. It has a bright red bloom that is very long lasting. It smells heavenly of pineapple and is edible.
These three plants are also very easy to propagate so I could continue gardening.


tina said...

Good choices. Society garlic would be excellent for not only nibbling but seasoning for whatever food is already growing. Too great! The hibiscus is pretty popular and I am with you on the pineapple sage. What a lovely plant!

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Good choices Darla, that Hibiscus of your are stunning! Very nice.

Take care/ Tyra

Daphne said...

Yum pineapple sage. That would be heavenly.

Gail said...

Good morning darla,

I love your picks...Society garlic is beautiful, so is the hibiscus and pineapple sage...Right now the sages are what I am adding to the garden.


bennie and patsy said...

I like all three, good picks. I vote you in to the garden of knowledge society.

Susie said...

Sounds like great choices to me. I planted a pineapple sage in late fall. I love that plant. I think a few leaves chopped up in a fruity salsa would be good.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I guess if you were stranded on a desert island (how terrible!!!! ha)--it might be good to have some edible flowers!!! I'm not sure about the garlic--but I'd love the pineapple!!!

easygardener said...

Love the pineapple sage. Such a lovely fragrance. Hibiscus is also a favourite of mine. You can never have too much garlic either!

Frances said...

Hi Darla, of course, pineapple sage, I didn't even think of that one. Great choices.

You asked about lavender, yes, overwatering is a big no no. It is a mediterranean native, so think sandy soil, good drainage, lots of sun. I lose many lavenders here, in fact the black garden was originally a whole bed of lavender but they kept dying. I have had the best luck starting with the smallest plants early in the spring. No pruning except spent flower stalks late winter, don't cut into the growing parts. Good luck with it.

Shellmo said...

I love what you chose and the reasons for them! Especially the pineapple sage!

Leedra said...

Daffodils, daylilies and iris. The daylilies are ediable.

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playsdolls said...

You made some great choices Darla,your hibiscus is beautiful.

I have left you an award at my blog for your wonderful blog.

Anonymous said...

Good choices Darla. It was clever of you to pick two that were not only ornamental but edible as well. :)

Rosemarie said...

I'm baaaack! Thanks so much for your cheery thoughts - I am feeling a little better - something in my chest still remains.

I have never heard of a plant that smells like garlic. Then again I have never heard of 3/4 of the plants you name here. You keep me educated!

I think you'd survive well.

Peggy said...

Oh Darla, as long as you would have flowers on your desert island you would be happy!

shirl said...

Hi there Darla, sorry my ship was delayed by a few hours ;-)

Very nice choices – I love the pink flowers of the garlic and handy you could use it too. The hibiscus is just perfect for your Island – what beautiful flowers. Pineapple sage I’m not familiar with but it sounds and looks a good choice to me! Ah… I also thought about propagating plants during my selections and finally decided I would have a large bamboo and divide it before I planted it ;-) It’s been wonderful to meet new bloggers through this. Have a great evening :-D

Layanee said...

Very pretty choices and I hope it is warmer on the desert island than in FL. It is cold everywhere!

My Mother's Garden said...

Hi Darla~
I love your tropical choices! Especially the hibiscus. Pineapple sage smells so good too.
This was such a fun challenge!


Anna said...

Hello Darla. Thanks for visiting my blog today and for your comment. I have not come across Society Garlic before so it is one I must look up. It sounds as if it has many good qualities. I have never grown hibiscus but they do look beautiful. I love pineapple sage, but I am not sure whether mine will come through this winter. It has done in the past but we are having a cold winter. Now if we were on that desert island I would be asking you for a cutting :)

Tarolino said...

You have a wonderful garden. being a gardening lover myself i can certainly appreciate the love and effort you have put into yours to make such a special place.

Thanks for visiting my doggy blog too.

Dawn said...

Can I change my mind? I forgot the hibiscus and it is sooo beautiful! Great choices.

Alan said...

Hi Darla,

I bet the hummingbirds like that Pineapple Sage too!

You have a very nice blog here. Thanks for stopping by mine.

Jan said...

Good choices, esp. the pineapple sage, one of my favorites. It always reminds me of pina coladas which would be perfect on a desert island.

Always Growing

Robin's Nesting Place said...

The pineapple sage would make the hummingbirds very happy! I've collected seed of that for the last two years. I'm looking forward to growing even more this year.

I have an hibiscus that looks similar to yours. It has flowers the size of dinner plates.