…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)


In Asquith OZ, I had a garden. That garden was filled with low-care-won't-worry-if-you-get-disracted-we'll-survive plants; things like palm trees, monstera, geraniums (14 varieties!) and native creepers. Buffalo grass at front, the size of granny's handkerchief, paved courtyards either side. No back side.

The Hutch is a flat ('apartment'); one of six in the tenement block. There is a shared back 'drying green', but I do not utilise it. Couldn't plant anything there anyway.

For three years now, have been pondering what to have growing within the flat. Last year I reclaimed a potplant which had been mine way back before I ever emigrated to OZ; it is now 40+ years! Other family members have had cuttings from it over the year, but this original had remained in the family home. Umbrella One, a couple weeks ago, got another trimming by yours truly and is now split into three. U-One remains in the orignal pot, reseated in fresh soil and looking relieved. U-Two is settling nicely into a brand new pot and U-Three is in water only, to see what happens.

These are hardy plants, requiring very little other than some water once every couple of months. An occasional leaf-bath with tepid water and milk makes them shine. Absences to India and OZ have been forgiven.

I decided there needed to be more. Productive more. Two cherry tomato plants, one red one yellow, a capsicum (sweet pepper) and two chili plants, one green one red. Having South-West-facing windows in the Hutch makes for a solarium. Even on the grey days, maximum light is thrown in.

Will keep you posted with progress!


  1. Best of luck with the cherry tomatoes etc. I am thinking you will need all the light that western Scotland has to offer!
    Cheers, Gail.

  2. WE have better luck with tomatoes in pots than in the ground..mainly due to sun or lack there of..we can move the pots.
    Good luck...they look healthy now. LOL
    Hugs madi and mom

  3. It is my goal this summer to grow one thing. You have inspired me!

  4. OMD you have kept the SAME PLANT fur 40 + years??? THAT is AMAZING.

  5. Don't think I will purchase any flowers this year. My flower bed could use a good cleaning.
    Coffee is on

  6. I hope you will get tasty tomatoes and you can make a salsa in summer with basil and mozzarella ;o)

  7. Hello, good luck with all your plants. Thanks for the reminder, I need to buy some cherry tomato plants. Happy Thursday, enjoy your day!

  8. it's so the season for this! I love umbrellas!
    We awaiting thing to pop. Soonish!!! It is warmer and the birds have returned!!! xx

  9. I've been playing in dirt lately, too. Had a bunch of volunteer tomato plants come up from the compost from my worm farm. Janice xx


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