by germinatrix | December 1st, 2009
… What plant would you be???
I can’t decide!!!
I thought it would’ve been easy!
At first I thought “Agave desmettiana variegata!” – but then reality came crashing in – I’m not that well turned out! A. desmettiana variegata is always PERFECT = beautiful striping, lovely mid- green color … and the FORM! I might have achieved that kind of pulled together-ness once or twice, but it’s not me.
The next obvious ‘ME’ plant was an Aeonium ‘Swartzkopf’ – tough, easy to grow, dramatic, kind of comical – but also somewhat mysterious and admittedly gothic. But is that just too easy? Am I making a caricature of myself? And I’m not really mysterious AT ALL … hello! I blog my every thought!
Maybe I’m too much to be one small plant – maybe I’m really more engulfing, like a VINE. Maybe I’m a Passiflora! I know I have a big personality that can sometimes overwhelm. Passifloras of all kinds need to be sited very carefully lest they take over everything. Am I THAT? The flowers are intricate, but the vine is another thing entirely – a brute. It is a contradiction of a plant. I think I could be passion flower vine … hmmmmm…
I know what I’m NOT – I’m definitely not a Canna ‘Tropicanna’ – even though I sort of wish I was. Tall, slender, leggy – topped off with an eye catching flower. But you don’t even really NEED the flower because the foliage is so va-va-va- voom. Canna ‘Tropicana’ is the plant version of Gisele Bundchen.
Maybe I need to go back to my agaves. There is a small one – Agave victoria-reginae … nice and round, spines at the tips of the leaves (but not scary ones – just enough to let you know she has an edge), decorative white lines on every leaf that makes her very different from the rest of an already peculiar pack… She’s a slow grower. You have to be patient with her. She likes to be in a container where everyone can see her, but she’s also really happy to play in a big raucous planting of assorted succulents. She likes being called a Queen, even though she knows she’s just a plant like all the rest. I understand her.
So I guess if I HAD to choose – call me Agave ‘Queen Vicky’!
So which plant would YOU be? Be honest!!! It’s fun!