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Friday, January 23, 2009

Desert Island Plant Challenge

Here's a question for you! If you were hypothetically marooned on a desert island, which three plants would you take with you? A fantastic challenge posed at Shirls Gardenwatch blog. Well, of course they would have to be edible. Matron doesn't do flowers - you can't eat flowers! I would have to have an apple tree. There is no happier place for me than in a pregnant apple orchard in Autumn just surrounded by nature's abundance.
Leeks are an old and faithful friend! Leeks are there for you when all other less hardy souls have perished! No garden should be without leeks, and no desert island should be either! Ted Junior and Ted Senior agree!
I am just bowled over by this pumpkin Rouge Vif D'Etamps. A stunning colour, an abundant flesh which keeps for months (I have just finished my last one!) and I can always imagine in my darker moments on this desert island that I am Cinderella and my pumpkin is about to take me to the ball!!

13 Comments:

At 7:09 PM, Blogger tina said...

Wonderful! More veggies for the stone soup on the island:)

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger VP said...

Hi Matron - great choices! I'm so pleased you've chosen apples as I reluctantly left them out of my list. And the leeks and pumpkins will ensure we have plenty of winter sustenance :)

 
At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Lol - you may not "do flowers" but your desert island will be colorful with the pumpkins and the apples ...
and of course "the teds" are required traveling companions.
K
PS VP has done her desert island veg too

 
At 9:16 PM, Blogger RobD said...

So, you don't 'do flowers' eh? Can I refer you to your 23 July 2008 entry ;>) You'll be eating them next...

 
At 12:04 AM, Blogger shirl said...

Hi there Matron my island ship is out on an evening cruise around the Islands ;-)

What can you do if you don’t do flowers? Mm… you go to the ball ;-) Great choices and as Karen said you’ve plenty of colour too. I’m sure the Teds will enjoy climbing your tree while you rustle up something tasty with the leeks and pumpkin. Oh… you won’t have darker moments on this island :-D

 
At 9:12 AM, Blogger Yolanda Elizabet said...

Tks, tks Matron, remember the post I did last year on edible flowers? ;-)

But good choices, each and every one of them. Apple blossom and apples on a tree are a joy to behold and the latter are great to sink your teeth in once they are ready.

Leeks, who would want to do without them? And ditto for pumpkins.

BTW will you bring Ted junior and senior to the desert island too? I will bring my new water feature so you're allowed to bring some other fun stuff to I suppose. ;-)

 
At 10:22 AM, Blogger Vegetable Heaven said...

Have to take issue with the flowers, Matron - I'd take day lilies - really gorgeous and make a plate of salad look totally Hollywood!
I'd have to take spuds - have some Irish way back in my ancestry and you can't beat a new potato.
And of course, a climbing bean. so decorative and beautiful - you'd need beauty to cheer your soul on a desert island - and wonderful to eat, bursting with proteins too.

Who needs records?

 
At 3:55 PM, Anonymous easygardener said...

I was expecting vegetable flowers but I see you are sticking to your principles :-)
You have the ingredients for soup followed by dessert!

 
At 7:58 PM, Blogger Anna said...

Well, although there are some edible flowers whether they would fill you up is another matter :) I love your choices Matron and applaud you on your decision making skills. I found choosing flowers hard enough but would find it impossible to narrow it down when it comes to edible crops.

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger Dreadnought said...

Hi Matron, I think I would take Apples, Potatoes and Carrots. Bob.

 
At 12:04 AM, Blogger primrozie said...

I had a really tasty skillet dish once with apples, sweet potatoes and raisins. Of course there was also apple juice and cinnamon and sugar ;)

The pumpkin looks so rich and delicious! Beautiful autumn picture.

 
At 7:39 AM, Blogger Parsec said...

Very interesting post...I have no idea what I would bring except for some type of berry...probably strawberries or blackberries.

 
At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Maureen said...

It's great to see the photo of your "Rouge Vif D'Etamps" pumpkin. I have bought the seeds for growing this year I hope I have as much succsess as you had.

 

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