It’s well over 30 years ago now since I took a lilac cutting from my aunt’s garden and planted it in my own. It thrived and grew strong but it didn’t bear flowers. I dug it up and took it with me to my next home and again it thrived but still no flowers. Then, when I moved to the house where I now live, the lilac came with me again. For the next five years or so it continued to grow and then suddenly there were flowers – no more than a handful in that first year, but real blooms! What pleasure they gave. Twenty years on, the lilac continues to provide spring colour and a wonderful scent every year and the smell is divine.
Also starting to bloom are the delicate Welsh poppies. These arrive throughout May and June in abundance. Each year after flowering I collect the seeds and sprinkle them around the existing plants in the rockery.
I’ve been treating myself online this weekend: first order was for a couple of dresses for Daughter’s wedding so fingers crossed that one of them will be up to the task. I have a preferred one but we’ll have to see what I think when they get here.
A couple of purchases have already arrived – some much needed hand cream, and a two bars of matching soap. I used to use Woods of Windsor products regularly but haven’t for some time.
In the second parcel were two new Sally Hansen nail polishes which look similar but are quite different – a replacement for the almost empty ‘Enchante’ and the previously untried pearlised ‘Raisin the Bar’. Coincidentally this is almost the same name as my favourite (now discontinued) Bare Minerals lipstick – ‘Raise the Bar’, and the colour is a perfect match. My nails haven’t been painted for several weeks but I’m planning for the ‘social re-launch’ whenever that may be!