Hello Mum

Four years ago I took a cutting from my mum’s eight foot high hibiscus bush, to be one of the mementos I brought with me as we cleared the house we had all known for some fifty years. The plant had been years in the growing and was (maybe still is) a spectacular feature by the back door, smothered in dense blue flowers.

My cutting has been tucked away among my many other pots, I had doubted that it would take. I moved it aside a few weeks ago, a little straggly thing. Then this morning, pow, this stunning single bloom appeared from nowhere.  It really is like my mum popping up to say Hello.

Those small mementos – plants, spoons, a sweater, wearing her watch – still bring comfort .

The next day the colour had changed. Apparently if grown in full sun they are more blue.

[For the horticulturalists, the books tell me it’s either Hibiscus syriacus Blue Satin (‘Marina’) or Blue Bird, I didn’t bring a label away.]

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