It’s summer in Amsterdam and the city is in full bloom: hydrangeas, lavender, roses, phlox, lilies, hollyhocks, cosmos, and many others I can only recognise by their looks. It still amazes me how good Dutch people are at gardening, especially when I know that growing plants is not exactly a piece of cake.
I realised there’s a flower for each childhood memory. Lilies and hollyhocks remind me of the summers in the Danube Delta. Phlox was a rather unfamiliar name until recently, but the flower dates long in my memory – I knew it by the name of “soap” as it makes a bit of foam when crushed and mixed with water. As for cosmos, that’s the flower whose petals I used to stick on top of my nails to pretend I have a ladylike manicure – the perks of growing up in a non-digital era! 🙂