I am renowned for my ability to kill house plants. This lovely succulent thing is the only one I have ever owned which is forgiving enough to put up with me. I have had it for years and every few months I remember that it might like some water. Yet it thrives!
A lovely friend who came to lunch in November bought me a little cyclamen plant and oddly this too has continued to flower and thrive all through Christmas and into the New Year! In gratitude for it's cheery display, which I enjoy every time I open the front door, I have made the effort to water it more often than I usually might.
Then mumsie gave me hyacinth bulbs. Oh dear. At one point I really thought they had just gone mouldy. But Lo! What a treat! Delicious flowers! And the scent! Oh how I wish I could put a smellometer here so you could enjoy it too!
I am getting delirious looking at them every time I walk into the kitschen.
Look mum! I didn't kill them!
They remind me of ladies hats. You know the ones? Here's my lovely Great Aunt wearing a splendid hat at a wedding long ago....
Doesn't she look just so pretty? And here's my beautiful gran at mumsie's wedding. Oh she was such a beauty!
Like a movie star don't you think?
Hyacinth flowers. Flowers and plants managing to grow and thrive in my home! Who would have thought it?
And so a fresh start to the new year.
I have not made lists of resolutions. I have made lists of jobs to keep busy and distracted. You know; fix things, clear out places, clean stuff. Chores. Things that must be done to maintain order. But resolutions? Not yet. I am pausing. To reflect. t.x