We've had a couple of blogger/gardeners post about My Favorite Plant, the December selection of the Garden Bloggers Book Club. I'll be publishing a round up of all the posts on December 29th.
Knowing that some have posted their reviews already leaves me just a wee bit concerned if I will have time to read the book, or will I have to resort to the "fall back plan" and post about my own favorite plant?
Then I think about what IS my favorite plant, and I can't decide.
So what have I done? I've come up with a whole genus of shrubs that I don't like... junipers (Juniperus) .
At lunch time through the week, I often walk by a row of junipers on my way to and from the nearby Starbucks . And I always think about how I don't like them as I pass by this display of junipers that stretches for half a block. When they were first planted, I checked the tags on them and they are Andorra Junipers . True to type, the foliage has turned a purplish color this fall, which isn't all that unattractive.
I do know that junipers come in all shapes and sizes from ground hugging to tall spires and everything in between. I know that many have a lighter, almost blue green foliage color not found in many other shrubs. I know some, like the Andorras, turn a nice purplish color in the winter.
But, I still don't like them.
I don't think they age gracefully. I know shrubs don't last forever, but it seems most junipers I've known have had to be removed at some point that I remember because they just got ugly and brown at the bottom or otherwise became an unsightly plant. If someone told me I was aging like a juniper, I'd be insulted!
And who doesn't end up with an itchy rash on their forearms after cutting out or trimming a juniper? I know I do.
So, I don't plant junipers in my own gardens and I don't recommend them to others. But someone does like them enough to have this whole website dedicated to them.
But enough of my negativity toward junipers. I need to turn my time and attention toward more positive activities like deciding what my favorite plant is so I will have something to post for the December Garden Blogger's Book Club by the end of the month.