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October 24, 2011


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I am also very attached to my mom .. moms rae tehe bst gift that God has bestowed on us.

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OMG! Your post made me cry and remembered my mom as well. Shes a prolific gardener and have lots of flowers in her garden which I can't have.


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A lovely memory to share with your readers. You're so right about the way we carry those memories of our family's first gardens *in our bones*. That's exactly how it feels.


When our family first moved here from Buffalo, where winter snow averages 5', the idea of winter flowering plants sounded great to my mom. Her autumnalis cherry used to peep out from under the sequoia like a lace petticoat. No doubt when she planted them both they seemed far enough apart, though now the sequoia can be seen from a plane if the approach to Seatac is from the north and the chronic disease issues which plague cherries here have caused the autumnalis to be cut down and sent on to it's next life, but it's an image that will continue to live in my memory.


What a lovely post. I lost my Dear Mother this year and she also loved gardening. I grow all three plants your Mother loved. Your Mother would be very proud of you. Thanks for sharing. xx


Thanks for sharing these memories. I lost my dad earlier this year so I am having many similar poignant moments when I confront the many interests he had and the ones we shared. I'd like to think that somewhere, somehow, your mom is well aware of how gardening has blossomed in her daughter.

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