Remembering

It’s just three years now since my youngest sister Laurel died.  I had an idea about making a garden in her memory, and made a start the following spring. My planting skills were lacking as of flower bed of sorts emerged, but it never felt right. This year, I have had some special help from my gardening expert Crystal, who really understood what I wanted.

Time was spent moving what existed into a holding bed, then the soil was prepared, a proper wall built by another expert who really got what I wanted, that’s Chuck, and his team who built the dry stone wall.

Now it’s planted and looking full of promise for next year:

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A happy memory of Laurel surrounded by flowers, her daughter Jessica and furry/wooly friends.

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Her garden is in a shady, peaceful spot, with a bench for me to sit with the cats.

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Our last job is to make a path through the middle, which is marked with red rope for now.

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The colours are just right.

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I love the morning light on the Lily of the Valley

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It’s now a good space, which will gradually fill with our plantings.

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I’m very pleased with this oak leafed hydrangea

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The vegetable patch opposite her garden is also part of it, as she loved good veg.

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This feels like a positive way to remember someone who would probably have liked her garden over here.