Monday, August 14, 2017

Mom's garden- A memoir

The garden is still there, though it has lost its old glory. Sitting on the seal of the backyard door in my parents’ house where I grew up, I had been thinking about the garden which used to see as a child. Many memories started flooding my mind. When we shifted to that very house, the place was still developing, and we sisters were little. The soil was very fertile.

The house where I grew up


 Whatever vegetables mom used to plant we harvest in abundance. The only plant mom never succeeded is pumpkin. I can remember that, only once mom got one small pumpkin.

Orange jasmine in the front yard

 
Small garden in the box window

Arabian Jasmine




Once a guava plant grew in our garden out of no where. Our gardener told my mom to keep that very plant. According to him, the seed came from bird’s dropping. The birds always eat the best fruits . So, the quality of the guavas would be excellent. And, he was absolutely right. We tasted many guavas from the market, but none of the guava tasted not even a little bit of the guavas from our trees. The tree used to produce so many guavas, that the whole neighborhood used to feast with our guavas. There were two children in our neighborhood, they loved those guavas so much , they always took guavas in buckets. However, after many years the tree became sick, and the quality of the fruits deteriorated. After much thought, mom decided to cut down the tree, and that made me sad.


We also had many papaya trees in the backyard. All the papaya trees used to give so many fruits, we again used to distribute among our neighbors. Being in a tropical country, we got so many tropical fruits from our back yard. Even my mom had banana plants also. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of those plant. That was the era before smart phones. 

Jatropha



Jungle geranium


Night Jasmine


In the front yard mom used to plant flowers. Every season we had different colors of annuals in our front yard. During the rainy season mom always planted Impatiens balsamic (local name Dopati), and those plants bloomed to their fullest. Still mom is known as the green thumb in the neighborhood. We had as many as six or seven hibiscus plant of different colors in our garden. The neighborhood people used to exchange plants. The funniest past was that, all the plants always thrived in our garden rather than in others’ garden. Mom’s garden was truly neighbor’s envy, owner’s pride. Once up on a time mom planted many annuals in pots and kept them on the wall of the roof. From the street our home used to looks different and colorful. 



Now as she is aging , she has no stamina or energy to work in the garden, though she does a little bit till now. However, that memories of mom’s garden still vivid in my mind.

32 comments:

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Krishna, thoughts of your childhood home garden your mom planted is such a nice remembrance!!
Lovely plants and the joy of your mom's garden from long ago. Thank you for sharing and also for stopping by to wish my son a happy birthday.
Have a great week. xoxo

Betsy said...

How nice it must have been to have such good fruit. Good you enjoyed it while you had it and shared with others too. The night jasmine looks so pretty and healthy. Enjoyed reading about your fond rememberances of your childhood with your Mom.
Betsy

Annie's Journal said...

Very nice blog post you wrote Krishna:) I enjoyed reading and imagine what the garden was like. You had a beautiful memory of it of and how your neighbors enjoyed it too! But I think the one person who got the most joy out of it...is your mom...who worked to make it beautiful for all:)

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Your Mother certainly had green fingers. Lovely memories for you and your Mother.
Have a wonderful week :)

Sandi said...

Baili, I can't get over how healthy that aloe plant looks! Mine are kind of droopy. Maybe I water them too much.

These photos are gorgeous...love your childhood window.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Krishna, lovely memories of your Momma's garden. It all looks beautiful. I would love the tropical fruits. Enjoy your day and the week ahead.

La Table De Nana said...

So touching..:)
I love that all her plantings..were planted in your mind♥

Nancy Chan said...

Your mom's garden thrives because she took care of the plants with love! Beautiful memories of your mom's garden.

Rafa Oliveira said...

Great post :)

www.paginasempreto.blogspot.com.br

Beijos

NightlySun said...

Sweet memory never dies and life goes on.

Mac n' Janet said...

Beautiful memories. I remember my Mother's fuchsia bush, we would sneak in and pop the fuchsias before they opened.

Jenn said...

Beautiful garden and memories! Looks like a tropical paradise.

♥ Łucja-Maria ♥ said...

Krishna
Imagine how wonderful your mum's garden looked.
There were exotic plants growing there. You write about papaya. This fruit in my country is very expensive. Unfortunately, I never ate it.
Krishna, you have beautiful memories from your family home.
Greetings from Poland.
Lucja

Chris Lally said...

A lovely, lovely post, Krishna. I enjoyed every word!

Jeanie said...

What a wonderful memory walk, Krishna. I can only imagine how amazing your mother's garden must have been. It's funny, isn't it, what we remember? I remember certain things about my mom's garden, too, that I hadn't thought of for years till I saw your post. Thanks for taking me on both your memory lane and mine.

Chandrani said...

Beautifully penned. Almost makes me want to go back home.

Beauty Unearthly said...

Lovely post dear! Have a great week! xx

Beca said...

You write with such sweetness of your memories. Your mom's garden must have been popular in your neighborhood. Many people probably remember your mothers garden with fondness.
xx Beca

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Krishna, I enjoyed hearing the sweet memories of your mom's garden. I imagine you have inherited her love of gardening. Such lovely thoughts of your mom. ♥

Reckless diary by Anya Dryagina said...

Really good pics! Love it so much!
www.recklessdiary.ru

Prims By The Water said...

Beautiful plants and flowers. Your mom truly had a green thumb. Janice

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Sweet and lovely memories of your dear Mother's garden! A child's paradise! Sending hugs xo Karen

life said...

Excellent Krishna...thoroughly enjoyed

Bente said...

What a great garden. Have a great week

Kathy Leonia said...

so lovely place:)

Irreplaceable_fashion said...

Great garden:) The plants look amazing:)

BEAUTYEDITER.COM – Beauty Blog said...

This is really cool!


STYLEFORMANKIND.COM
Latest Post: Black and White Scandinavian Home

Kathy Leonia said...

i think the same;)

beautyshapes3 said...

Great post! Photos are amaizing! :)
If you want that we follow each other let me know by leaving a comment on my last post and please click on links there :)
http://beautyshapes3.blogspot.hr/

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Krishna, where would we be if it weren't for our memories. All of the plants and flowers are so lush and beautiful, especially the ones growing against the tile wall. I can just imagine how beautiful your mom's garden was..Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for your visit..xxoJudy

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I really enjoyed that post where you shared memories of your childhood garden, all the fruits seems so exotic to me!

beautyshapes3 said...

Followed you back dear :)

Post a Comment