Friend or Foe?

Earlier this week Harriet and Mary attended a customer care course which highlighted some pretty interesting concepts. Part of this course was to determine personality types and the behaviours that coincide with these traits.

The office have completed a personality tool provided by the course to gain a better understanding of not only ourselves, but others we work alongside.

It was amusing when I found myself thinking 'Oh yes - that is definitely me!'
Why should it surprise me that a personality test, completed by myself, should represent anyone but me?! (Nevertheless it was a surprise!)

It was incredibly interesting and enlightening as this tool highlighted certain qualities I would not have necessarily identified possession of.

After evidently getting to know myself a little better, and discussing our results in the office, it made us think about the personalities of our plants.

Does the colour, texture and habit of our plants provide us with an insight into the personalities they would possess if we could communicate with them?

I have some assumptions. Do you think I have hit the nail on the head or am I a rather poor judge of character?

Charismatic: We all know and love someone for their enviable charisma and the ability to charm everyone and anyone they meet.

May I introduce Narcissus Double Smiles?

Narcissus Double Smiles

Who doesn't love a daffodil? Large brightly coloured blooms with a cheery disposition that'll burst into life year after year with enthusiasm and spirit. There is never a dull moment with these garden favourites. You are guaranteed to feel happier whilst in their company. Narcissus will continue to charm you until you tire of their sprightly persistence - which is likely to be never!


Controlling: A controlling garden plant is one that would initially pose as demure, pretty and rather unassuming with the ability to lure other plants into a false sense of security.


Saponaria officinalis Betty Arnold (Soapwort)

Saponaria officinalis will often run riot in the garden, taking authority of entire flower beds and borders regardless of surrounding companion plants. Be prepared to mediate and take charge by undertaking judicious  pruning, thinning out and digging. 


No-nonsense: Some of us cannot tolerate the airs and graces put on by others, and plants are no exception.

Eryngium Big Blue
Eryngium know what they want and from their prickly exterior, are not afraid to tell you when you are are invading their personal space. Strong stems represent their confident and robust nature and the spiky foliage act as not only protection, but as a warning to others - they will not tolerate any rubbish!


Practical: Some plants are not only beautiful, they are practical companions, offering us simplistic solutions to often complex issues.


Lavender angustifolia Hidcote
Lavender can be dried to help de-stress and encourage peaceful sleep. It is used in aromatherapy and has vital healing properties that has been utilised for hundreds of years. I would love to have that sort of trait!

Reserved: There are certain plants which take a little more time than others to appear. They may be a little shy or unsure, mustering up as much confidence as they can manage to provide an impressive display when they eventually have the courage to emerge within our flower beds and borders.


Gardenia Crown Jewel 

Gardenia are often slow growing with delicate foliage and intensely fragrant flowers once it plucks up the courage to greet us. A modest yet beautiful plant that will keep itself to itself.


Loyal: If I could pick my most loyal plant pal, it would be the Rose. It is a well known fact that Roses are one of the most popular garden plants of which are able to grow in a variety of colours and forms whilst proving versatile in a number of locations and positions.
Rose Balmoral
For those reasons alone, they make the perfect and loyal companion. If looked after well, they will continue to thrive for as long as you want and need them.

Well, would you agree with these assumptions? Do you have any plants in your garden where you can identify little quirks and traits? Which plants would be your friend and which would be your foe? Let me know!

becky@hayloftplants.co.uk 




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