Can you smell the fragrance?
The night-scented stock Matthiola longipetala has such a memorable perfume.
I haven't grown them for many years but when I find them at the store - these are from
Trader Joe's - I grab a couple of bunches to bring home. That lovely fragrance
immediately reminds me of my mother's garden long ago in England, a place
The dining room table is looking quite 'green' with the remaining stems of the
amaryllis still growing. . . . . later they will be cut back and the bulbs dried for a replant,
and hopefully a rebloom come winter.
Then there's the pot of fresh basil picked up at Lidl last week - I've been snipping
leaves to add to recipes. . . . . . . a taste of Summer already!
The lovely purple stocks, greenery added from the garden.
Ahead are several days of major Spring Cleaning - once the pollen is done.
This year brought an exceptionally heavy pollen season - especially oak.
Washing all the china takes time - some days I think about disposing of
many of the dishes but haven't quite reached that point and so they remain!
Actually I enjoy spending a couple of hours washing and drying them, by hand
of course as many are antique and fragile, and replacing them all clean and
gleaming. Many of you also collect dishware, antique, vintage, even new - I've
seen your stunning tablescapes and china cabinets.