Joys of childhood are somehow very special. Aren’t they ? Our days were uncluttered and distractions were few… it was as if we had all the time in the world to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and we found joy in the simple lil things…
Here I have pictures of a couple of plants that remind me of those carefree days of our childhood and the simple joys.
Recognise the ‘touch-me-not’ plant in this pic above? Mimosa pudica. I still get excited when I find this and call out to the kids to feel it 😀 There’s a sweet satisfaction seeing the plants go to ‘sleep’.. isnt it? There’s sometimes a tussle too… who finds the most and puts them to sleep !!
This one (above) is the Lantana camara. Usually found growing wild in the days of our chilhood. I later learnt in my Botany classes that this one is classified as a weed/invasive plant, even though it had primarily been introduced as an ornamental plant.
The childhood association though is more to do with the berry like fruits. We’d heard that the fruit was edible and whenever we came across these plants we would look out for the ripe black colured berries and eat them! (seen in the pic below).
And, next here is the Oxalis! The ones from our childhood were green though. We sometimes loved eating the pungent tasting leaves, and were amazed that fruits looked like miniature Okra !
Do you have any such Mimosa/Lantana/Oxalis memories? Do share about your lil joys… I would love to hear 🙂
Also joining this week’s edition of #ThursdayTreeLove hosted by Parul. The linky goes live on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month. Hop over to see and enjoy more tree pictures and stories!
If you would like to play along, post a picture of a tree on your blog and link it back to her latest #thursdaytreelove post.
Until next time!