You might think from reading the title that this is a gardening post.
You’d be right- sort of.
Okay, let’s deal with the flowers first.
An Annual is a plant that has a very short life cycle. It will bloom for you this year only.
They usually come in an assortment of more saturated colors.
Why? Because they are genetically altered from their original parents to do just that- and appeal to you.
Their seeds (if you can find them) are mostly sterile. No use in propagation.
Annuals are shallow rooted. This means you don’t need to deeply water them (the H2O will pass right by) BUT you do need to water them often (close-to-the-surface roots dry out more quickly).
They are priced more affordably because you will need to come back again and again, year after year.
I use them to fill in visual ‘holes’ in my ground garden and in hanging/potted displays (because they are seasonal), and I need to feel my flower garden is a Chelsea award winner, ’cause I’m that kind of egotist.
As for Perennials, I LOVE them.
Yes, they are pricey, but sooooo worth it.
First off, the selection of shape, color, texture, girth, and history (yes, they have histories- don’t we all?) is all over the place.
I relish the thought that I have a rose that was smuggled out of France on the heels of the Nazi invasion, by a Swiss gardener, that was handed off to an American soldier, who got it back to his family’s farm in Pennsylvania, where they propagated it and it was presented in single stem form on each table at the inaugural meeting of the United Nations in San Francisco in 1945.
It was named Peace.
Perennials are deep rooted, which means you don’t need to water as often, but when you do water, you need to water for a longer period of time.
These kinds of flowers will be planted once and will reward you for years.
Now, let’s discuss other forms of Annuals & Perennials and how to tell the difference:
Annual moola is paycheck to paycheck, without deep roots, hard-working, and very generous in spirit.
Perennial money is a trust-fund that still doesn’t tip well.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if Annual love was like Under The Tuscan Sun? Alas, it is usually much sloppier, with less sunshine.
Perennial love is more like The Notebook (I’ll take James Garner any way I can get him).
Annual style was, once upon a time, getting a single tatoo. Look how that’s turned out.
Perennial style is the ability to look at old photographs and not puke.
An Annual vacation is one week to 10 days at the beach.
A Perennial vacation is France.
An Annual child never grows up.
A Perennial child sends you case of assorted wines for Mother’s Day. Oh yea…
Annual food is being a young mother and slinging grub on the table every damn day.
Perennial food happens after the children leave and you make reservations.