There are certain flowers that I have a strong association with my childhood home. This is a wander through them.
There were four o’ clocks planted beside our front door. In the late afternoon (around 4:00), the flowers would open up and display their beauty. We had quite a few of them, and I think there was a mix of pink, yellow, and red.
I’ve shown the photo below before; it’s my grade 7 first day of school photo, and the four o’ clocks are on the right.
One of the other flower beds in front of the house had snapdragons. Their shape is so interesting, and they’re rather fun to poke at. I don’t think the ones we had were quite this brightly coloured.
In one corner of the front yard was a small rosebed with red roses. I don’t think the roses were doing that well, and they were dug up at some point while I was in elementary school.
I had no idea what these flowers were called, but after hunting around on Google Images, I’m pretty this is what we had, and they’re called sweet alyssum. There was a rockery from one edge of our lawn leading up to the neighbours’ property, and it had alyssum, moss, and assorted other things. I liked the feel of moss, and I remember one time i was petting some moss and a slug crawled out to play, which was rather unwelcome.
Near the vegetable garden in the back yard we had some purple and yellow bearded irises. Irises look pretty and kind of scraggly at the same time.
Beside the back door and just outside the kitchen window was a lilac bush. I love the colour of lilacs.
Looking at my childhood home on Google street view, it doesn’t look like the landscaping has been maintained, so probably all of the flowers are gone by now. It’s kind of surreal to virtually wander around the little town where I grew up. It’s weird to see what’s changed, and what hasn’t.
Are there any flowers (or other things) that you strongly associate with your childhood?
All images from Pixabay