Purple tulips

More green please!

Towards the end of last week I was trying to work out what on Earth I was going to photograph for hdygg this week. I literally couldn’t think of anything because nothing new has happened since my colour hunting last week. Then on Friday Scott’s family bought me two bunches of flowers; tulips and daffodils. Perfect! So it’s another kitchen windowsill update, but I do have some new things to show you.

Plants on windowsill

I love tulips but I never really buy them because they appear in the shops when daffodils do. And as daffodils are cheaper I normally go for those instead. Having tulips in the house feels like a treat. Pale purple are a colour I’ve not seen before.

Pale purple tulips
Lilac tulips

Closeup of tulip petals

Bunch of purple tulips

The hyacinths are on their absolute last legs now. I need to cut the flower stems off and move the pots outside. Doing so will make room for the chilli seeds I’ll sow this month.

Drying hyacinth flowers

After five weeks sitting in water this cutting grew big strong roots. Planting it had been on my to do list for a while but I kept forgetting to bring the compost in from outside to warm up. As you can see I finally got round to it and here is in its new home.

House plant on windowsill

Did you know you can grow avocado stones? I stumbled upon a book called 365 Nature in a shop and it was full of nature based project ideas — one being growing an avocado stone. We had some in the fruit bowl so I thought I’d give it a go; I followed these instructions.

Avocado stone in water
Avocado stone

Day dreaming of an endless supply of avocados? I was too until I read it can take anywhere from five to thirteen years to produce fruit! Haha! Anyway, if I get a nice shrub out of it that’s great, homegrown avocados, even better.

I have a book recommendation for you! The Herb and Flower Cookbook. This was a really thoughtful birthday gift from a couple of friends. It’s filled with lots of recipes we all know but with a herby and/or floral twist. Everything sounds mouthwateringly delicious: butternut squash and calendula mac and cheese, gooseberry and mint meringue pie, raspberry, rose and mint tiramisu and roast chicken with peaches and basil. Ogh! I want it all!

Herb and flower cookbook

Hope you’re not too hungry now 😉

19 comments on “More green please!

  1. Every time I look at your lovely windowsill I think I must tidy my own up!! So just ordered 365 nature and then you mentioned the herb and flower cookbook. I’ll have to put it on my birthday wish list!

    • 365 nature looked like a really good book, I’ve added it to my wishlist. I’m sure yours isn’t that untidy 🙂

  2. ok, one, i think it’s funny that you all call it an avocado stone. we call it an avocado pit. or seed. anyway 🙂 …… i have been wanting to do the same thing for so long! can you believe we never did since we had a ginormous avocado tree in the backyard in miami? well, i guess i just answered my own question. happy weekend!

    • Haha, seed seems comical to me, because I (wrongly) always think of seeds as small things. You had all the good stuff in your Miami garden!

  3. My Grandma was always growing avocado stones on her window sill. She didn’t like eating them, so I guess it was the challenge. She used to grow big plants, but I’ve no idea what happened to them after they grew too big for the window sill. Good luck. #hdygg

    • Thanks Cheryl. I’m currently [im]patiently waiting for roots to appear from the bottom of the stone.

  4. My friend got me a retro book featuring avocado plants. I got excited too until I saw how long it would take. Still, perhaps I should try it while the kids may still be interested. I think that even if they don’t grow avocados, they make nice plants!
    Loving your bright and tidy kitchen and avoiding tidying mine. Again!

    • Thank you Katie. That’s what I’m thinking, I’d be more than happy with a couple of new house plants. Can never have too much green indoors…

  5. Oh man you were right about that book being right up my street – putting that on my birthday list for next week too, Papasaurus expect a post it note in your pants drawer!

    Sorry I missed your birthday – I hope you had a good one 🙂 Those tulips are super pretty, I haven’t seen pale purple ones before, lots of yellow / pink / orange but no pale purple.

    Avocados RULE! Not sure I have the patience to wait 5-13 years but you never know!
    *pencils a note in my planner for HDYGG #3748*

    Thanks for joining in again lovely xx

    • I’m glad you like it. You might want to add post-it notes to multiple locations to ensure he gets the hint 😉 Hdygg #3748 made me laugh because it could actually take that long. Lordy!

  6. Those tulips are delightful. So pretty. And I always assumed you couldn’t grow avocados in this climate – an assumption based on zero knowledge of avocado cultivation! Look forward to seeing how you get on.
    Your cutting looks really strong too. Bravo! #HDYGG

    • Me too! I think they might be better as house plants in the UK because the it gets so cold during the Winter. We shall see…

  7. Haha, I love avocado and was reading that thinking ‘Ooh, that sounds great!’ until I came to the warning on timeframe. I’m not sure I have the patience!

    Love your kitchen windowsill – that would cheer me up every morning!

    • Thank you Katy! I’m not sure I have the patience to wait over 10 years but I’ll give it a good go.

  8. Oh I really didn’t know you could grow advocados like that. I may give it a go. Be such a good sense of achievement if in 10 years it produced something edible ☺

    • That’s what I think too. I looooove avocado so eating one I’ve grown myself would be really satisfying.

  9. I did know you could grow avocados from their stone but it won’t happen here at any time soon as all of us are avocado haters! #HDYGG

  10. totally unrelated to HDYGG, but i love your kitchen tiles

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