(Because May is the month of mothers, all four of this month’s Sunday/Monday posts will feature my Ma’s garden and all the pretty, lovely, beautiful, delicious things that grow there. Today, some flowering plants take center stage.) 🙂
I cannot remember a time when my Ma did not keep a garden. Wherever we lived, from the large house and lot that I grew up in to the tiny structure with the nipa thatched-roof that we had to build on borrowed land after we lost almost everything, Ma always managed to cultivate a garden.
As soon as she and Dad acquired the land where they now live, she started planting all sorts of fruit trees and flowering plants on it (even before they made plans to build the house). All that sowing has been paying off in large measures of gorgeousness. Ma chose tropical plant varieties that grow all year round but especially thrive during summer. So from March to June, which is summer in the Philippines, everything in the garden is either abloom or bursting with fruit or both.
With two granddaughters around, Ma has a couple of young ‘disciples’ who have taken to following her around and are hopefully learning gardening skills. Of course, they are also into all sorts of girly things such as putting pretty flowers on their hair. I’m sure these days they have plenty to choose from. 🙂
I know most of you keep a garden (even a couple of plants on pots is a garden, right?), but what’s your favorite flower to give or receive? I’m partial to daisies but I really like anything as long as it’s real and is not something that’s commonly used in funeral wreaths, haha! (What?!)
So how about you?