It felt so good after a week away in the Senate to walk into the kitchen last night and to see that my frangipani, one of only two houseplants, was about to flower. I have nursed this plant back to life after over watering last year. I love frangipanis and it is one of the joys of travelling to more tropical climes to see them as street trees and to be able to pick up the wonderfully fragrant flowers from the footpath. It is really not very sensible to have one in Tasmania, albeit inside, but it is a result of getting carried away in a nursery. Some people cannot walk past book shops without buying one and I am the same when it comes to nurseries. The flower justifies my spontaneous consumption.
Outside I did a quick once around to see if my new irrigation system for the vegetable boxes had worked and it has. Everything is powering along but I am especially pleased that the carrots and parsnip seeds have germinated and that the leeks have begun to thrive. I have managed to give away cucumbers, beans and tomatoes to staff members but am frustrated that I haven’t the time to enjoy more than a cursory once over of the garden before having to go again.
I did notice that my mint that I chopped back savagely about ten days ago has begun to shoot again. My mint is really special. I brought a cutting from the farm at Wesley Vale when I first moved to my place. This mint was part of my childhood. In the early 1900s there was a cheese factory near Pardoe Point and as a child I used to love exploring the ruins of the factory and its surrounding dwellings. Behind one of the main buildings there was a mint patch which had survived the ravages of time and demolition. Often on Sundays Mum would send my sister and I down from our farmhouse to pick mint and bring it back for mint sauce to go with the roast lamb. It has the strongest mint flavour that you can imagine…well before modern varieties had the flavour bred out of them. I still love home made mint sauce and just about anything with a strong mint flavour and the memories are a bonus.