Just like when I was a 'young whippersnapper', I've been picking bunches of nasturtiums from the garden and enjoying these bright and cheerful flowers. These plants would come up on their own each year and 'sprawl' in drifts around my parents' big yard.
Another flower that I associate with my childhood is the sweet pea. I can remember my mum comparing notes with the neighbours as to the right time to plant the seeds, (St Patrick's Day) and I also remember how much the adults would groan and complain, if the sweetpeas did not produce prodigious quantities of flowers on the trellises that the plants climbed over. As a young bride I tried to grow sweet peas but with very limited success...and I very quickly decided to grow other annuals instead :-) .
But at some local markets in the last few months, I've been able to buy bunches of sweet peas...sweet!!
The bunch of sweet peas (and ferns) I bought at the markets in August....so pretty! My mum used to cut ferns to include in her vase arrangements too...
The bunch/posy that I bought at the markets last week...this month the posy included 2 gerberas; one a double and the other just out of view, a single.
My mother used to also pick geraniums and arrange them in vases too...hmmm, might be nice to do that too as those plants are starting to flower well...
One of the variegated geraniums grown from a cutting given to me by a knitting friend.
I continue to declutter using www.foreverorganised.com.au 's suggestions. I skipped bath toys decluttering (we don't have any, lol) and went straight on to 'Magazines'. I had a big cull of these earlier this year but still had some gardening mags on a shelf in the room DH and I use for an office, some craft mags in the bedroom I use for sewing/craft storage etc and these were bundled up this morning ready to go to the op shop charity collection bin. Ruthless perhaps, but realistic...I won't use them.
The next item on the list is 'coffee mugs'...again, earlier this year, I packed up a big plastic crate of surplus coffee cups and asked the girls to take any they liked...they didn't want any so DH took them to a nearby Red Cross op shop. However, I do have, on very high shelves in a kitchen cupboard, some coffee mugs that I think I love...but they are missing handles...and are maybe chipped???? So a bit of being sentimental here...ruthlessness may be needed again I think...:-)