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What would you buy yourself if you were given £30 to spend by someone very special and you wanted a plant to treasure - perhaps that you could take with you should you move house.
I had a ginger kitten who I was really close to, but a couple of months after his first birthday, he got run over and killed the our road, opposite our house. Because he was ginger, I bought a Buddleja Globosa and planted that as a memorial, that will come with me wherever I go, and so will it's offspring
Ryan that is so sad - but what a lovely way to remember him. I have just googled the Globosa as I hadn't heard of it before - it is very unusual and interesting, not at all like I imagined. A lovely colour too.
Yeah he was a very similar colouring, but also as you say its an unusual plant and therefore is quite special anyway. What sized plant were you looking for?
I like to get an acer or a small garden statue I lost an unborn child some years ago and planted a rhodie with a pale pink flower. But if we move its got so big I can't take it with me. So next year I might get something new.
Oh Star gaze I am sorry - yes rhodies are lovely and I can imagine the size it would reach. I don't know how easy it is to take a cutting from rhodedendrons - I don't think it is easy actually. Acers are also beautiful and I think you could keep one in a pot should you move. I suppose that goes towards my answer to your question Ryan - something that can be either easily lifted or propagated. I rarely come across a plant I don't like in fact my garden is full of cuttings and swaps from others and I like the link each one gives me. This plant will accompany many others when I do get round to moving and I want it to be a lovely reminder of a lovely family.
How about a Dahlia? There are so many cultivars, youre bound to thing one that's name relates to you somehow or means something, and obviously they need to be lifted :most of the anyway) and you can then sow it's seed or take cuttings
a patio rose is perhaps an obvious choice but if you get the right variety you should be able to keep it in a pot and therefore portable. Or how about lilies? £30 would cover the plants and a nice big pot.
I'm in exactly the same situation as you Lavande - I've been given £30 in gardening vouchers by my work colleagues as a retirement present - I will be digging a new border in the front garden over the winter and shall buy something to remember my time with them. I'm thinking it may be a rose, possibly rosa glauca, or rosa sericea pteracantha Red Wings (those colleagues are a lovely bunch, but fierce when roused!!!) ;-/
Exochorda macrantha 'the Bride'. Beautiful white flowers in early spring, makes the garden come alive. Mine has been successfully transplanted in the garden. I think it would do okay in a pot. Not an expensive plant but my favorite.
I'm going to have a lovely morning, I am being truly spoiled for choice. I shall make myself a cup of tea and ask Google to help me look at all your lovely suggestions. Thank you everyone and Congratulations on your retirement Dovefromabove.
Thank you Lavande Do let us know what you choose - if you're interested in roses this website makes it very easy to find the right size/colour/scent etc http://www.classicroses.co.uk/products/roses/
The David Austin Roses site is good too, allowing you to search on colour and form - http://www.davidaustinroses.com/english/Search.asp?Theme=
I think I might go for a rose such as Summer Song for my new hot border and there'd be some left over for another clematis.
I would get a weeping cherry tree or an abstract sculpture for the garden.
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 ….
Henry Moore liked to see his sculptures in landscapes grazed by sheep so you wouldn't neeed a lawnmower if you kept in the spirit.
Oh that's true - how much are sheep?
Mind you, there was a red sky this morning
Ohh don't tempt me - I remember my son being quite horrified when I bought a book on how to identify garden birds. He said I was going to turn into one of these old bird ladies whose children had left home (???)
I can just picture the scene when he or his sister visit me now - three little lambs in the garden - yep she has definitely flipped this time. Actually my daughter would love them too...now there's an idea...
I used to have a smallholding - a flock of Southdown sheep (amongst other stock), lambing on New Year's Eve - apparently I was the only member of our social work team whose qualifications include a Certificate in Castration