Well that has been a most enjoyable journey.
I haven't yet made a choice but I have had great fun and learned a lot at the same time. I could go for a dahlia because I thought they were much more difficult to look after than they appear to be and I had always avoided them – while googling I saw the most exquisite etheral pink and white one ….and have just tried to find it again and can't. Drat, it was on a blog and I just fell in love with it. So I'll keep looking for that specific one. If the name comes back to me I'll post it.
The Exochorda , pearl bush is admittedly lovely but set me off on a mission to see how many white flowering shrubs I already have and ….I have choisya, deutzia, hydrangea, lilac, buddleja, osmanthus, spirea, philladelphus, peiris, prunus, cornus, vibirnum, nandina and photina. I didn't even know I had that many shrubs never mind just white flowering ones. It is lovely though and I obviously have a soft spot for white – I just seem to have collected them over the years without being actively conscious of it.
Roses yes, I could never have enough – there are plenty of lovely patio ones to choose from. Of course during the search I saw a lovely deep red climber – typical. I couldn't keep it in a pot though and don't think it would transplant well. I did read that the rosa sericia is easy to propagate and it has such lovely vivid rose hips. The rosa glauca is very pretty and delicate and I could be easily tempted but would probably have to leave it behind.
I love lilies and have the glorious tall white scented ones (sorry I don't know the name) and I will certainly take some when leaving. However, I also have a plethora of lily beetle and none of my potted lilies survive more than a season in the garden.
I love the Weeping Cherry – I agree it is a must and have had one in two previous gardens but again I would have to leave it behind.
A piece of abstract sculpture would be lovely but I don't think I'd get much for my money and I find the Henry Moore ones quite difficult to shift when I want to mow the grass Although on a similar vein, I can never have enough bird baths or little animal ornaments. OH said yes I do actually have more than enough and he will happily take the money to save me such a difficult choice.
I hope I haven't missed out any suggestions because I did appreciate them and have had a lovely weekend researching them.
So my search goes on but I would like to buy something this week so that I can show what I bought and that I really appreciated the gift.
To be continued ….