Do you have plants that you love more than they, perhaps, deserve? Plants that have some special meaning to you for any of a number of reasons? Homely plants, in the way Tolkien used homely means something that makes you feel at home.
I love beautiful plants, but there are also some homely plants that hold my heart and that must have a place in my garden. One is Wandering Jew (tradescantia pallida). Early in my marriage, my Aunt Janice gave me one as a houseplant. At the time, the plant itself didn't especially appeal to me, but it was a gift from a lovely woman, and I treasured it for years. While I'm not sure what actually happened to the mother plant, cuttings abounded, and through several moves, W.J. followed in all it's lack of glory. At some point, the plant itself (or maybe the symbol it represented) made its way into my heart, and there will always be W.J. somewhere in every new garden.
:) A post on Plants Are the Strangest People made the point that tradescantia pallida gets no respect and used this term in connection with it: Schlub. n. (slang) A stupid, clumsy, or unattractive person. From Yiddish.
Mr. Subjunctive, however, goes on to list some of the plant's merits and is obviously a fan, aware of both the flaws and attributes of the lowly W.J. And paired with Marguerite sweet potato vine, W.J. is a winner. Well, in my humble, but decided opinion.
On the other end of the scale from homely plants, I've added some "Pretty Much Picasso" petunias. Fell in love with the colors and the tiny blooms. The picture is from a nursery photo, but you can see how gorgeous they are. Love these almost as much for their name as for their vivid color combination.
I'll share some more of my favorite homely plants in another post.
Came home Sunday, but I'm going back this afternoon...as soon as the laundry is all finished, and a few other chores completed.