Monday, April 18, 2011

Why Did This Post Make Me Cry?

Is it Springtime where you live?  Are you working in your yard?  I just came in from planting a few things and it felt really good to have my hands in the dirt.  Six or eight hostas, mostly transplants from my mom's yard, and three variegated canna lillies from my uncle's farm all found a new home here today.  I'm 'petting along' two hydrangeas Larry gave me for Valentine's Day.  They stayed in the house a little too long before moving outside.



I love my plants to tell a story.  When we moved from our prior home of 20 years, I left plants dear to my heart.  We were displaced for five months while our new home was being built so I couldn't take my babies with me!  The new residents didn't know the stories.  They didn't know the beautiful white peach tree on the corner was from my Grandfather's farm, and wouldn't have cared about that certain little pink azalea, a gift for being in my friend's 4th wedding.  My mother's acuba plants got left behind too, as did the big bright yellow forsythia, from just a little cutting from my grandmother, and always the first thing to bloom after winter was finished.

My mother's motto, one of them, is "always leave a place better than you find it", so I just chalked up my loss to adding beauty to Mother Earth.  My older son, Trip, is among the best at beautifying the planet and leaving a place better than he found it.  He is a talented and creative landscape designer.  In addition to his formal degree training from the University of Georgia,  he has the "growing things" family gene.



I know he is hard at work in Denver this Earth Day Week.  When he was 15 he gave me a boat full of beautiful pink azaleas strategically positioned among the pines in the back yard.  It was one of the best Mother's Day gifts I've ever received. Wish, wish, wish I had a picture of that boat.  There were many other planting times and so many beautiful plants in that yard we had to leave.  But we left it 'better than we found it'.  That's for sure.

6 comments:

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  2. I love getting outside, too. I began square foot gardening last spring and am loving it. Thank you for visiting me at A Seasn for All Things. I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading more of your posts. ~ Ellen

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  3. Ellen, I'm just wondering what is square foot gardening if anyone knows.
    Sandra

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  4. Sounds like you raised a good son! Thanks for sharing!!

    Any ideas on a good starter houseplant for a brown thumb?

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  5. We share a love of plants! When we moved into our home, the owners left behind beautiful roses! I do my best to keep them healthy and love them as much as if they were my own. I sincerely appreciate the hard work they put into cultivating their plants and flowers and although I don't know the stories behind them, I cherish them still.

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  6. Heather. I'll email you but you can't mess up with a philodendrum for inside. They don't need a lot oof light and you can break off a piece and root it iin water.
    Sandra

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