Outside, buds on the early daffodils are still resolutely closed on short stubby stems; but spring has come early to one windowsill inside.
We have but a handful of house-plants; mostly due to family allergies; this limitation is additionally wise, as I can be rather inconsistent at giving indoor plants the same attention as those outdoors. C’est la vie.
Our jade plant is one of those few that survive my sporadic indoor ministrations. I’ve had it for many years, grown from a leaf of my Mum’s plant, as these are plants that propagate easily from leaves or cuttings. Crassula ovata, also known as the money plant, is an easy house-guest; more likely to expire due to over-watering than under-watering, and thus impervious to a fair amount of neglect. It grows fairly slowly (making it a popular choice for bonsai) with attractive bark, and waxy oval leaves. A red tinge to the foliage is common in many plants, and there is even an AGM cultivar which has been bred to emphasise this colouring.
There must be something favourable about the south-facing windowsill where my plant has been making its home, as in the past few weeks it has unfurled sprays of these beautiful white starry flowers.
The petals have a slight sparkle to them, particularly in the sun, with the slightest hint of pink. Studying these flowers closely, I also can’t help but be struck by their affinity with fives: five petals, five sepals, five stamens, five carpels. There are probably more fives in there, but my flower anatomy is rather shaky…
As I am writing this, it strikes me that it is also five years to the day since all the appropriate pieces of paper were signed and delivered, and we took possession of this house and garden – embarking on rather more work than we’d initially bargained for, of course! The results of our efforts, though, have paid off; and while I am waiting for the spring flowers in the garden to unfurl and herald the new growing season, these beautiful flowers, with their perfect symmetry, are something to revel in.
Here’s to the next five years on our hilltop! I wonder what those years will bring…