Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Plants that Beg to be Touched

Roses and Lilacs are two flowers that beg to be smelled. Actually, when I pass by either, I have been known to do a full on face plant to get the full intoxicating aroma. Okay. I do the same thing with Peonies. In the last week, though, I’ve found myself touching, rather than smelling, plants. I think it’s because they look so fluffy! For whatever reason, I’m compelled to reach out and touch them!

First up, sedum, any upright variety will do. They look fluffy, but aren’t really. But, I always want to reach down and feel them. I almost got stung the other morning when I didn’t see a bee nestled in the blossoms.

Next up, hydrangea. I’ve got only the old-fashioned Lace Cap hydrangea, but I still tousle their heads when I walk by. Even when these are past their prime, they’re fun to run your hand over.

And, finally, Artemesia Silver Mound. The name of this plant fits it well. It’s such a feathery mound, too. Tousling this one always makes me think about the beach, which I miss here in land-locked Minnesota. Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes is great, but it’s not like living on the ocean. I don’t have any of this on the wall or on the hill, so I’m always kneeling to touch this one. Guess that’s gotta change!

Are there plants you can’t walk by without touching them? If so, post a comment and let me know!


Marguerite said...

oooh definitely the artemesia, I just purchased two of these specifically because I love touching them so much. But I'd also add lamb's ears and mint. Lamb's ears cause they're so soft but the mint because I love getting the smell on my hands.

Auntie K said...

Marguerite; YES to Lamb's ear and mint. Russian sage and lavender are two I love getting on my hands, too. (And, of course, the scented geranium.)

Mary S. said...

I have all three of these plants and they have great textures -- very touchable. I find herbs hard to resist, too, especially sage.
P.S. It was great to meet you at the fair!

Auntie K said...

Mary; Now that you mention the herbs, I do love to touch them too--not necessarily because of the way they feel, but because of the scent they release. Thyme is one of my favorites.
p.s. It was great to meet you today, too! I'm still trying to get warm!

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