Lil joys! #WW #ThursdayTreeLove

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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ™‚

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  1. This fascinated me. Where I live in New York State, lantana is grown as an annual (they are not frost hardy) I’ve never had them produce fruit. Oxalis also is an annual. I grew up in New York City and one of my memories were the privet hedges that would bloom with such sweet smelling flowers attractive to bees. I don’t remember eating anything wild but my husband would pick horse chestnuts (not edible) and hold fights with them.

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    1. Glad to hear that Alana! Lantana thrives here through the year possibly due to the tropical weather.
      I looked up Privet and the flowers are beautiful indeed! Horse chestnut is also new to me πŸ™‚
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Alana. Have a lovely day! πŸ™‚

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  2. There’s something wonderful about nostalgia πŸ™‚ Your photos are so pretty, but never heard of the one that goes to sleep.

    How great to see you at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!! Thanks for linking.

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  3. Dear Priya,

    Isn’t Oxalis the clover and that looms like a four leaf clover- a plant of immense good fortune. My memories of lantana and Mimosa are just the same as yours. Identical. hi-five!

    Thanks for sharing these gorgeous beauties with me on #WW.

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  4. Such a beautiful pic of Lantana Camara, they bloom in ample near my place and I love to see these colorful beauties daily. Even at night, they have a peculiar raw woody smell that spreads around. Surprisingly I was not aware the berries are edible, the first thing I’m gonna try these berries in tomorrow’s evening walk. Seems I’m now gonna make a memory with lantana soon.

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    1. Lovely. I’ve not observed/noticed their smell as such. Thank you for hopping over and sharing your thoughts Pragun πŸ™‚ And glad to hear you’re going to try the berries ( was not sure if adults would ever indulge in those!)

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  5. Beautiful images of the flowers, yes they reminded me of my childhood days, these were commonly found and it added beauty to the place around, now I don’t get to see them. Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. Glad you could relate Angela. But it surprises me that you dont get to see them anymore… i thought its kind of ubiquitous.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts πŸ™‚

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  6. Beautiful photos! I have many mimosa trees in my back and front yard. Here in North Carolina, US, they are considered invasive, but I love them with their tall, graceful trunks and feathery flowers. We have lantana as ornamentals we buy in stores, and I have not seen it growing wild.

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