Current weather: 13 degrees F/ light wind / 3 inches of snow fell last night adding on to our 18 inches +
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.
The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.
The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.
The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligans Isle.
A little late, as usual, I am here to post the answer to the question originally posed by Shirl at Shirls gardenwatch. It was: if you were stranded on a desert island, what three plants would you want with you? I don’t think I can make a working car or radio from bamboo like they did in Gilligan’s Isle. Still, the challenge states that there is already food available and there are no limitations to the growing conditions, so I can concentrate on pleasure instead of necessity.
The first plant I choose would be the lantana. They come in all sorts of bright, zippy colors, it’s like having a fiesta in the garden. It would be wonderful to enjoy them all year round instead of just during the summer as I do now. I also like the added plus of butterflies that the plants attract.
My second choice is the chocolate mint. It seems to be less invasive than other mints and it smells just like Girl Scout thin mint cookies. Since the scent is in the leaves instead of the flowers, I can enjoy it all year-round. Also, I can make fresh mint tea…a person can get tired of plain water that the island provides.
The first two choices were fairly easy. The third is the most difficult. Should I go with a tree for protection, or one of my favorite flowers. Perhaps, because of my pale complexion, I should bring an aloe to deal with the sunburn I know I’m sure to get.
I’ve always wanted a pine for my tiny backyard, but haven’t yet found the right evergreen that fits the space and my preferences. I think I’ll just take one with me to the island. An Austrian Pine would be perfect. It’s dense, so it will make a good windbreak and give protection from the sun and rain, not just for me, but for the birds that visit.
Well, that’s it. I could keep on going, switching plants around and trying different combos. I keep thinking that perhaps I should have put in another flowering plant for more color: perennial sweet pea or morning glories perhaps, or zinnias. I do love rudbeckia and lilies in the summer and daffodils in the spring. No, no…this is a good list, I guess I’ll keep it.
So you’ll find me with Gilligan, the Skipper and all the gang living it up on Gilligan’s Isle. (You just know that Mary Ann will be my garden buddy).