"Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end'' - Bruce Lee
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It's April already! I must admit, the April showers are starting to get me down, I do wish that every day could be as beautiful as the weather that we had last month and last weekend. I know that it's good for our gardens, water levels, etc. But it doesn't make you want to go out, does it?! So, here's a couple of songs that always cheer me up, I love Amy Grant's voice (I am positive that she would not say the same about my rendition) and the melody of this Terence Trent D'Arby track has a contagiously happy vibe - hope you like them too :) I'm keeping my finger's crossed that the old adage 'April showers bring May flowers' comes true as I am hoping for a pretty, plentiful, plant filled garden this summer :)
As I was saying to a friend the other day, I'm not very good at keeping plants alive, as you can see from my photos below (hangs head in shame)… I do think that it's a reflection on how busy my lifestyle used to be when I was teaching and I am now trying to re-address this issue, mainly by remembering that they require water (as do all living things…NOTE: I have ALWAYS remembered to feed my children and cats, they are not sat wilting in the corner of our home adjacent to said plants; nor have they ever been)! I have found however, that Peace Lily's are particularly hardy (I'm picking up the lingo) and can withstand quite a lot of neglect!! They silently tell me that they need watering, by hanging their leaves limply and looking quite sad… After an hour or two of receiving water though (much bubbling and slight trembling of the plant ensues), they appear amazingly alive; their leaves upright and perky! I have also found that aloe plants are a perfect addition to a busy household, they require hardly any watering yet get bigger and bigger (cacti are also good, but I have bad memories of hurting my fingers when I had three of them as a child… Quite why I insisted on touching them, I don't know… Perhaps this is where my 'plant issues' stem from…? Hmmm…)!
Anyway, it seems that as the years go by, I am displaying many more of my Mum's character traits than I used to. I remember Mum watering her copious amounts of houseplants each Sunday, tending to each and every plant and their individual needs/watering preferences. Our home was filled with so many plants and I don't ever recall seeing one damaged or neglected being (hangs head once again…). I apologise in advance for the upsetting images below...
The seedlings doing really well on the right are red sunflowers, I think they will be the first to be re-potted. The middle plant that you can see is a baby Spider plant that I bought (again on eBay) to replace ones that sadly passed away - fortunately they do not resemble the arachnids themselves, or I would not have willingly allowed them to enter my property; I have a massive (irrational, I know…) phobia. The original (deceased) plants were given to me by my Mum, who carefully nurtured them. Sorry Mum :( Hopefully, armed with my newfound interest, green(ish) fingers and personal revolution, this one will be around a lot longer :) .