5 Plants I Am Thankful For


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Henry Homeyer

I like to count my blessings on a regular basis, but thought that today, Thanksgiving Day, I would share with your 5 of my favorite plants.

Heirloom tomatoes are the tastiest!

1.     Tomatoes. I love tomatoes. I love them raw in a sandwich or eaten like an apple. I love them in a sauce, I love them in a stew. Did you know that long ago they were thought to be poisonous? They are in the same botanical family as poison nightshade and were shunned. And then they were thought to be an aphrodisiac and were called love apples. I just call them tasty.

Those cherry tomatoes are 'Sun Golds', one of the best.

2.     Himalayan Blue Poppy (Mecanopsis betonicifolia). Said by some to be one of the toughest plants to grow in New England. I’ve had good luck, growing them in moist, rich soil in part shade. Their flowers are a true sky blue that nearly makes my heart stop.

Himalayan blue poppy is quite fussy.

3.     ‘Festiva Maxima’ peony. I have one plant that came from my grandmother's garden - and she passed away in 1952. The scent is enough to make you swoon. My mom dug it up, grew it for decades, and then I dug up part of the plant and brought it here to Cornish Flat. I am thankful to have it.

'Festiva Maxima' has a drop of red - the blood of a wounded princess, I suppose, in the middle.

4.     ‘Dr. Merrill’ hybrid magnolia. Some 20 years ago I planted a small one in my back yard. It’s huge now and blooms on my birthday, April 23, with a thousand or more fragrant white double petaled blossoms. Fabulous.

'Dr. Merrill' blooms on my birthday in late April.

5.     Candelabra primroses (Primula japonica). Many years ago a neighbor handed me a box of these primroses, said someone had given them to him, but he didn’t garden. So I planted them in a shady moist spot under an old wild apple tree. They thrived, and now I estimate I have a thousand or more that bloom over a period of weeks in May and June.

Primula japonica spreads by seed if happy. I place chairs near this grove of them so I can admire them.

Of course I am thankful for all the rest: family, friends, my partner Cindy Heath. For a lovely home, loyal pets, good health and fond memories. Wonderful travel experiences. And a brain that continues to function quite well after 71 years. And thanks to you, my readers, who keep me writing!  

My corgi, Daphne, is a flower "person", too!

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