Home is where my plants are!
This beautiful bonsai Ficus is a treasured birthday gift from the husband this year.
Whenever we reminisce our Mauritius days, our conversations almost always tend to revolve around Residence Mont Royale—once, our beautiful home in Rose Hill, where we spent two beautiful years of our lives. And, somehow, invariably, I always tend to get misty-eyed remembering the gorgeous 25-year old bonsai Elm tree that I had picked up from a nursery, when we set up our very first home in the island.
The Elm tree was treasured and loved beyond measure, being my solitary companion through the long hours of the day, while I busied myself in chores and countless other things, before the husband got back from work late in the evening. It kept me company, it was the friend that I shared my joys and sorrows with. It was a witness to many a tearful moment when homesickness got the better of me and I longed to cross the shores and see my family back home!
Time passed by. Two years later, before we moved to the UK, I gifted my Elm tree to Catherine, my lovely neighbour who lived next door who promised to take good care of the plant.
In the months that followed, I got myself enrolled as a postgraduate student in Bristol, and often wondered about our life in the beautiful island and my Elm tree. I missed it dearly, as one would miss a pet. It was a bond that I always held very close to my heart, and one that prompted the husband to gift me this lovely Ficus this year—a gesture, that not only touched me deeply but one that I’m also grateful for.
Today, this potted beauty of mine, sits prettily amidst my other balcony plants, soaking in plentiful rain and sunshine, ever so ready to greet me in the morning, when I step into the balcony garden, for a quick check-in every day.
Nothing gives me more joy than to see my plants blooming with grace, no matter how unpredictable the weather. I cannot imagine starting my day without a little tête-à-tête with my potted beauties! Guess what, something tells me it’s reciprocal. I’m certain, they feel that way, about me too! Or so I believe!
That’s it for this week’s #treelove. See you in a fortnight with another tree post.
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Btw, if you’d like to check out my earlier #TreeLove photo posts on the blog, do click here. The collection of photos are a part of my travels as much as they bear traces of the city of Bangalore, where I’m currently based—from where I blog and connect with the rest of the world.
Thursday Tree love is a photo feature hosted on Parul’s blog, which she shares on the 2nd and the 4th Thursday of every month. The next edition goes live on July 7, 2021. If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog, detailing where you spotted the tree and link it back to her post.