I come from a long line of plant lovers. Some of the mine
the ancestors were farmers, while my grandmother was a nut for roses and my mother,
a master gardener, does not discriminate. There is something comforting and
adorable for this long line of amateur botanists. It makes me feel like I have a
common thread even with those long gone. My connection with my ancestors
it is not only an ephemeral community, as it lives day after day in the inheritance
the plants handed down from my loved ones.
Walking plants keep memories alive
Just like heirloom vegetables and old-fashioned flowers, pass-through plants are a great way to keep the spirit of your loved ones alive, as they arouse fond secular memories.
My father’s mother had a breakfast nook. This wasn’t just a breakfast nook. It was bordered on two sides by windows with an indirect bright sun and every inch of the window ledges were covered with houseplants, mainly cacti and succulents. Some of these houseplants have grown so large that grandma has started training them on and around the windowsills.
I have fond memories of having eaten sourdough pancakes in this one
sunny corner for breakfast, sometimes tickled by a rebel tendril of Hoya
fleshy plant that had come out of its improvised stand.
Fast forward thirty years ago, when my grandmother
He died. At the time I was a seventeen year old rebel, who when asked if he was there
it was something grandma I’d like to have, with my nose shut in the air.
Fortunately for me, my mother, in her wisdom, has put aside some things she thought I did
I’d like to have memories when I grew up from my selfish teens.
One of these objects was Hoya’s wax plant.
Since then, I have grown a little, I hope, and feel more
sentimental about my childhood. A decade or more ago, my mother carefully
I divided my grandmother Hoya’s plant, which I received as a gift. To date, the
the splendid plant embellishes my windowsill which reminds me of its place in mine
education and soft but strong threads that bind us as a family.
If you feel nostalgic and want to replicate something
similar from your childhood or if you wish to continue the tradition of
passing plants to honor your ancestors by planting
a legacy garden is a great place to start. Not only will you have something
to remember them but you will honor your family for future generations.