A few months ago my mother-in-law entrusted us with some of her house plants to look after while she was away. It’s been so lovely having them in the apartment…they’ve really brightened the place up, not to mention they’ve had some practical uses too (as plants always seem to). Only the other day did my husband arrive back from Guatemala with the crustiest burnt nose you’ve ever seen (he claimed that he didn’t need sun cream when told he was going to fry – Mexican heritage and all that), so we cut open an Aloe Vera stem and have been using it to heal his burn. I’m always amazed at how quickly it heals! I am also in love with the scented Pelargoniums. We’ve got two – one smells of citrus, and the other has a sort of pine, nutty smell, with hints of citrus too. They give out a really lovely natural fragrance, which is great when you live in a block of apartments, where all sorts of smells seep through the walls. When reading up about them yesterday I found out that they’re actually classified as herbs, and can be used in cooking! And of course, the African Violets just look cute, especially in the little bicycle plant holder.