Spring is a beautiful time of year in the garden. Many different flowers are coming into bloom and I am enjoying sitting out the front looking at my garden more than ever. As I sip my coffee different observations go through my mind. One of these is that I appreciate different flowering plants for different reasons.
When I first moved into this house in 2013 I planted a packet of assorted flower seeds in the front garden. A yellow poppy was among the seeds. Last year and again this year yellow poppies have appeared in my front yard. This spring my neighbour also has yellow poppies in her front garden and I have some in my back yard. I love these flowers because they self seed and add a beautiful splash of colour.
Yellow poppies self seed very easily. Image:MarieVonow
When I moved in there was a small dark red, almost black pelargonium in the front yard. This plant has grown much bigger now and I have struck a second plant from a cutting and that is also flourishing in the front garden. I love this plant because it has grown easily and the colour of its flower is rather unusual.
People often comment on the deep red, almost black colour of this pelargonium. Image:MarieVonow
I also have a couple of pink pelargoniums. One has a large flower as in the photo below. The other has a fancier leaf with a pleasant fragrance and a smaller flower. They both grow easily.
This pink pelargonium is easy to grow from cuttings. Image:MarieVonow
One Sunday I bought an eremophila from the market which is held in the railway station car park. It has grown well and when it is in bloom it attracts nectar eating birds. I see noisy miners and the occasional New Holland honeyeater enjoying the sweet nectar. I don't think the appearance of the flowers is as spectacular as some other plants but I love it because it attracts birds.
This eremophilia attracts nectar eating birds. Image:MarieVonow
This year I planted some calendula seeds and now I am enjoying looking at the orange and yellow blooms. The colours make me happy. I have also picked some and put them in a mixed flower arrangement. I appreciate the ease with which they grew from seeds. I don't have the patience for fussy plants.
Calendulas grow easily from seeds. Image:MarieVonow
I bought two punnets of pansy seedlings and am getting much pleasure from their flowers. Pansies remind me of my grandmother who always had some growing in her garden in spring time.
Pansies remind me of my grandmother. Image:MarieVonow
I have three small roses in my front garden, a white, a pink and a dark red. Roses bring me joy with their elegant flowers and lovely perfume. Roses aren't hard to grow and look pretty in a vase.
Confession time. This is a photo I took late last spring, not this year. Image:MarieVonow
I have briefly explained why I like different flowering plants that are in my garden but why is my title Flowers And Friends? I like different characteristics about different friends. I might like one friend because she is so easy going and I find her companionship relaxing. Another friend is particularly bright and cheery and lifts my spirits even if I am feeling down. Someone else is 'an ideas person' and can come up with inspiration for a project I want help with. Yet another is very practical and will help me get a job done. She will know how to do something and may even have the tools for the job.
Just as a garden looks lovely with a variety of flowering plants that fulfill different purposes and have different 'strengths', the same can be said of friends. My life is so much better for having a variety of friends.