Hello Old Friend. Shall we grow together?

          It’s been a while since I chatted with myself on the open internet. I think it’s been almost 2 years! Wow how time flies. In that time I’ve moved to Italy, changed my mind and returned to Canada, moved to Waterloo, and then moved to Ottawa. And now we’re about to move again! Thankfully just two doors down this time though. And you want to know what I’ve found my biggest change is? My love of plants. I literally killed every one of my mothers plants when she moved to Italy. But for some reason one of the first things I got when I moved to Ottawa was 4 plants.


          From the left: Aloe Vera, Rosemary, Dill, and Basil. 

Only 2 of the 4 are still kicking though. Over the past almost year I’ve acquired in various ways a grand total of 20 plants and I’ve managed to keep 16 of them alive (so far). However 10 of the 20 were purchased in the last couple months, since it got warm enough to actually keep plants on the balcony. 


           All of my plants are special to me in some way or another. Some I bought with my mother and some my man got for me as presents, so obviously I have a bit of an attachment to many of them. My very favourite and most special plant is my Calla Lily. This flower is an ancestor of a calla lily bulb that my great great (Im actually not sure how many greats) grandmother brought over during one of the boer wars. It’s continued to spawn bulbs though the original is long gone, so my Nana continues to seperate out new little plants and send them home with family members. 


I’ve realized that I get really excited about plants with a purpose.  I’ve got 6 herbs that I use all the time when cooking, an aloe plant that’s got many of its tips broken off to use on burnt fingers, and now almost ready to harvest: a hot pepper plant, a tomato and and eggplant. 


I’ve even gone so far as to calculate what days to pick them based on the days to maturity info. And im looking forward to eating them all!! 

I think I’m done talking about my plants now. I’ll just leave you with this last very random overlay photo. 

Have a great Canada Day!




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