Another plant post:
When we were leaving Spain after Easter O’s mother gave us a few branches of a plant she calls sándalo (sandalwood) for the car ride back to Brussels. She always tries to give us something from the garden that will make the car smell good (a rose for example) and the sándalo really made the car smell nice despite us spending 14 hours in it (unlike when we go to Sweden with the boot full of smelly French / Belgian cheese for my family).
O decided to put the the branches in a pot with some soil to see if we could grow our own sándalo, and it was very successful to the extent that we cut off a few shoots and brought to Sweden at the beginning of June. My mother got one shoot that she put in a pot on the summer house deck, even though my sister didn’t like the smell at all… Marianne in Älmhult and Olgakatt in northern Skåne also got one sprout each when we had a blog meeting together. Since then the plants have been growing at different rates, Marianne’s is very high but the shoots are weak so they need a support, while Olgakatt’s and our plants are more sturdy and bush-like. The difference is probably due to the fact that the stronger plants are kept outdoors while the weaker, but higher one, is indoors.
Our sándalo has maybe not received as much love and tenderness as Marianne’s in her kitchen window…