Thursday, January 22, 2009
Desert Island Challenge
Shirl, from Shirl's Gardenwatch has a fun but somewhat difficult challenge to help chase away the winter blahs. We are to select three plants that we would most like to take with us on a deserted island. I love plants that attract wildlife to my garden, so my choices were easy to narrow down, but it was very difficult to select only three.
My first choice would be echinacea. It attracts wildlife year round to the garden. The bees and butterflies love the flowers...
and the sweet little goldfinches eat the seeds during the fall and winter.
I guess my next choice would be lantana for the same reasons. When I lived in Alabama the mockingbirds would eat the berries of the lantana, here in Indiana it is and annual and dies before it produces too many berries. Surely the island would be a tropical paridise where these wonderful plants would be in perpetual bloom.
Lantana- definitely wouldn't want to be without it!
Another must have would be the Verbena Bonariensis. This plant is a butterfly magnet!
I just have to have zinnias, since the seeds are so small and don't take up much space, I think I'll pack them too.
OK, I'm all ready now for a long vacation to a deserted tropical island.