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What memories do your plants bring back?

punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,339

I can always remember Monty Don saying, how certain plants brought back memories of particular people, and as I was wandering around today, I got to thinking about this.

Honesty - seed I took from the grave yard of the church, where the daughter of my local pubs landlord, was getting married. Never been without it since.

Opium poppy - seed collected from a plant growing in a wall, at a friends house. He thought I was mad, but he wasn't a gardener.

Rosa Handel - first plant my OH bought for me.

Lychnis -  [ vivid pink one ] seed donated by my FIL.

Red Azalea [ ? sp. ] 40th. bday present from locals at the pub.

What memories do your plants, evoke in you?

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  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,586

    my Late parents always had lupins and gooseberries, London Pride, nasturtiams, so any of those I am back in their garden and a kid again! 

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 17,244

    The grape vine in the greenhouse is a cutting from my last house, which was a cutting from my Nans greenhouse.

    Lavender always reminds me of the hedge she grew by sticking cuttings in a line  in sandy soil.

    Doris pinks because that was her first name.

    The golden philadelphus was a cutting from warwick castle. I followed the scent and although it was the wrong time of year, the tiny cutting took.

    I dont grow many roses, but one particular old rose has the scent that transports me back to trying to make perfume out of mashed up red rose petals as a child.

    Eucalyptus against a blue sky makes me think of the Eucalypt forests in south Western australia.

    The buddleja weyerana on the front reminds me of the neighbour at my old  house, who let me take a cutting off of hers.

  • B3B3 Posts: 26,435

    Calendula . The first plant I ever noticed as a child. We lived in a flat with no garden but there was one house in our road that had  only calendulas in the front garden. 

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,833

    The smell of greenhouse tomatoes always reminds me of my Dad. Mum loved roses and gooseberries remind me of my Grandma who was the best cook on earth. She could make anything and never ever had to weigh anything out.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,191

    Yeah - nice thread image

    The spicy scent of stocks and pinks immediately transport me back to a park on a scorchingly hot day when I was about 6. We'd stopped for a picnic en route to a holiday in Cornwall and were very excited. Can still taste the scotch eggs, tomatoes and 'thermos coffee'

    Peas - always remind me of shelling (and eating!) peas for Sunday lunch with my lovely mum who died way too young over 30 years ago. Usually in the back garden on a hot day listening to Two Way Family Favourites.

    Raspberries - clambering over the back fence to pick ones growing semi wild on the railway embankment - for mum to make into raspberry tart. Usually on a hot day...

    I wonder if it really was always sunny and hot when I was a kid...image

    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • Tray14Tray14 Posts: 210

    Like this thread

    red roses for my dad who loved them

    Hosta Queen Josephine for my mum who is delighted with it as am I

    minature Salix -  oldest thing in my garden which I have planted

    alliums - Gladiator a gift from a close friend and Globemaster - first purchase of an allium 

    Hellebore - a gift from my oldest son for my birthday this year and I always wanted one

    twisted hazel - my husband loves this and chose it a couple of years ago.

    all of my Hosta collection which I have had a lot of fun with my youngest son to name them each time he comes back from Uni- I have said that I will leave them to him in my will - he is not best pleased!

    and finally whilst not a "plant" the small lawn - my middle son cuts and strims it when he needs a bit extra money 

    too true about plants bringing back memories and reminders of people image

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,275
    Verdun says:

    Hyacinths rekindle memories of my sister who died young.  image

    Stinging nettles.....always fighting and always seemed to end up in them image

    raspberries when I was young in my grandfather's garden

    gosh! So many plants bring back good, even emotional memories

    ....nice thread Punkdoc image 

    See original postI didn't know that about your sister Verdun, I'm really sorry.
    And yes nettles, falling into them wearing just shorts image
    Nasturtiums remind me of my Mum, she had them sprawling all over the borders image


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