My mum's whole family are planty people.
Really planty people. The kind who drop latin names into conversation and converse knowledgably about alkalinity and zones and tip pruning and striking cuttings and unusual cultivars etc etc.
The giving and receiving of plants, cuttings, flowers and seeds is something I grew up with. Every Christmas, birthday, family get together, my mum, grandma and my uncles would be showing off and sharing out their new finds and latest successes.
Moving to Japan I'm a bit out of the loop now but I'm still sharing the generosity.
I grow beans from seeds my uncle gave me when we met at my sister's wedding in a completely different state.
And when my parents flew over to visit this time my mum was carrying this flower:
(It looked a lot better two weeks ago!)
A little bit of Australia right here in Nagano.
I'm happy to surrounded by all these planty people and hope to be one when I grow up...