I had a friendly squabble with someone about flowers recently. I mentioned that I liked the lavender and hydrangeas in a mutual neighbour’s front garden. “Useless filler flowers, they don’t do anything” he scoffed.
Do anything? What do flowers need to do, exactly? Judging by the number of bees I’ve had to skirt round this summer whilst walking past said neighbour’s garden, I think lavender in particular does a pretty good job at keeping the honey-makers in nectar. As for hydrangeas… well I guess they are just a prim decorative front garden filler. But I kind of like them. There was one outside my Mum’s front door – a huge sprawling blue thing that filled half the flower bed – and now when I see them in front gardens, they’re a reminder of a path I walked up a million times but never will again, the feeling of an old key in a once-familiar lock which I’ve turned for the last time. Hydrangeas, to me, say ‘welcome home’, ‘kick your shoes off in the hall’ and ‘have a cuppa’. And that’s about as much as you can expect from a flower. Suburban and prim they may be, but as soon as things like wifi and redecoration have been sorted, you can bet your boots I’ll be planting a great big blue hydrangea right next to my new front door.
As for flour… that’s another sign of home. Having an open bag of flour in the kitchen cupboard means that we’re cooking proper comfort food, pasta in cheese sauce, home made pizza bases or soda bread to dunk in soup. Kneading dough, getting the kids rolling pastry and cutting out shapes for the mince pies at Christmas – well, that’s what it’s all about. Despite the god awful mess. We must have swept so much flour off the floor and kitchen counters in various places we’ve lived over the years. But it makes it feel like home.
Written for Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill. This week’s prompt was flower/flour. If you’d like to take part the rules, borrowed from Linda’s site, are as follows:
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