Garden memories & favourites

Do you ever wonder why you love certain flowers? I’ve been thinking about this when
considering why I always grow particular flowers again and again.

I think for me it is about remembering sights and smells from childhood. My dad was in the RAF so we moved a lot – and I don’t think we lived anywhere with a garden for long until I was a teenager. And yet the few gardens we did have left me with strong memories of certain flowers which I still love today.

Marigolds for instance. I love the smell as you dead-head them or touch their leaves and their bright orange or yellow flowers.

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Roses, almost goes without saying, don’t we all love them? The really old fashioned, blowsy, dark red roses with that strong and beautiful scent are the ones I remember best. Geraniums in lovely bright colours, again with their distinctive smell.

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Nasturtiums spreading all over with those fantastic pale green leaves and electric orange
flowers.

And the sights – neat white rows of alyssum, beds full of brightly coloured snap-dragons, big white daisies.

Now I have belatedly developed a love of gardening, I’ve got all those flowers I remember on display in our garden and I think I always will! I’ve added lots more new loves (the smells are
obviously important to me, stocks and sweet peas are new favourites) but those first flower
memories are still a must for my garden.

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2 thoughts on “Garden memories & favourites

  1. Flighty

    A lovely post, and wonderful photos, which has reminded me of some happy, if now somewhat faded, memories. My mum was a passionate gardener and I spent many hours helping her when I was a youngster. I find that I like, and grow, some of the flowers that were her favourites. I’d grow lots more if I had a garden and not just a small half plot allotment. xx

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