Monday, September 8, 2014

Reminiscing With Mom Part 3


Thank you for reading my mom's first two posts on My Dream Canvas and the fantastic response. Today, "Reminiscing with Mom" takes a new turn as she talks about her very first garden.

Take it away Mom...........

" Living in the Kashmir valley, I had always hoped for was a little garden. It was like a dream come true to live amidst hills and dales and lovely flowers. Our home was a small 3 room cottage. We had vast open spaces around us.  I was therefore inspired to try my hand at gardening.  

To give you all some additional context, I grew up in a home where we had a lovely garden. My father (Anu's grandfather) had been an avid gardener and he loved landscaping. The flowers changed with the seasons. In winters our garden was a riot of colors. It was a visual treat indeed! The kitchen garden was my father's pride and joy. In winters we had an array of vegetables in our backyard. The veggies in our garden were not the usual ones.  These were normally not seen in the area where we lived. He grew leek, celery, parsley, mint, peppers, strawberries, and an array of salad leaves. To get all this going, my Dad spent a lot of time researching and then procuring plants and seeds from the famous PochasSuttons in UK. At that time, I hardly gave it a thought. Yet it suddenly came back to me as I looked at the vast open space around our home in Kashmir.


The motivator was our little daughter Anu :) She was a little over One then! She enjoyed being outdoors and loved picking wild flowers! The weather in the valley was ideal with cool, crisp days, and endless sunshine! To begin with I planned out my very own patio. My little sit out had a colorful blue and white stripped awning sloping down from the wall. Believe it or not, I designed the patio in my head and it was put together by a local tailor cum cobbler :)  This became the ideal space for alfresco dining which is so popular today:) The layout of the flower beds came next. Fortunately for us nature was on our side! The flowers came up effortlessly in their myriad hues and it pleased Anu immensely :) 

We were thrilled with our little kitchen garden which came up quickly as well. We had quite an impressive collection :) There was mint, parsley, green beans, tomatoes, cauliflowers, cabbages and some aubergines too. It was thrilling to step outside and pluck the veggies and cook them. It was all very "organic" which is the buzz word these days :) 

For Anu and me, tending our flower and and kitchen gardens was an exciting activity! We were living far away from the hub of a city with just another family for company.  My husband was away on work a lot and thus my little garden and my daughter made for good company!  

When I look back on those days, I can't help but remember and feel proud of my first garden."


Thanks Mom :) I did my own little research about Sutton Seeds in UK and came up with this....

Suttons Seeds were founded in the Berkshire town of Reading in 1806. Suttons received royal patronage in 1858, when Queen Victoria requested Martin Hope Sutton to supply seeds to the royal household. Suttons Seeds have held a Royal Warrant ever since, and are currently suppliers to Queen Elizabeth.



Image: Family Archives :)

11 comments:

Nayana CherishDreamLive said...

Such a sweet post, you are lucky Anu that you have a mom here to write and be part of your blog.

Anu Varma said...

Thank you for your kind words Nayana!

Vidhya Rao - Paint My Word said...

wow Anu...your Mom's description just virtually took me to the place...So you already have dwelled among the hills and wild flowers :) ....

AB said...

And that was me, Arundhati.

AB said...

Erm, I do not know if my earlier two comments went through. Let me rewrite it. The Kashmiri life would have been a dream thus for both of you...Arundhati

Reshma Sharma said...

How lovely Anu :) I can imagine what a lovely life it must be for you and your mom. And I can also imagine the wonderful garden and the patio. How lucky to have spent your formative years in the Kashmir Valley. Lovely post by aunty again :)

Anu Varma said...

Vidhya, so glad you enjoyed the post. I wish I could remember the place though, I was a little over One :)

Anu Varma said...

Arundhati, alas I don't remember it since I was one but sounds idyllic :)

Anu Varma said...

Reshma, thanks a ton. Yes it sounds idyllic, wish I could remember it. I was a little baby then :)

Kunjan Chabra said...

What a beautiful post by your mom. Love it, Anu. I was visualizing the patio and you picking the wild flowers :). You are a proud daughter of a proud mother :). Lots of love to aunty from San Francisco :).

Anu Varma said...

Thank you Kunjan, that is really sweet :)

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