It's been a few weeks since I've shared a Flower Friday post and for that I apologize. Life has been rather hectic lately and I've been online only when I have to work.
You see, a few months ago, we found out that my mother in law had rare forms of liver and pancreatic cancer, and that it was terminal. We didn't know how much time we had, but we certainly weren't prepared for the very rapid way that it affected her, conflicting heavily with her diabetes. We lost her shortly after the stroke of midnight, after Mother's Day had passed.?In my heart, I feel as though she was determined to spend every second of this past Mother's Day with all 5 of her children. And so she did.
It breaks my heart every day to see the loss in my husband's eyes, to know that he is enduring so much pain; the same pain that I felt just 5 years ago when my dad passed away.. a pain I'd wished he'd never have to feel.
My mother in law loved growing flowers and other things in the garden, so we thought it only fitting to create a memorial garden for her. We expanded an area around a tree stump where I used to plant annual flowers and created a perennial garden in her honor. We dug up some plants from her yard and also added some new ones. Most all of the plants are on the smallish side for now, but they'll grow and by the end of summer, the garden will be gorgeous. I'll share photos of the entire garden when it's fully blooming, but for now, here are a few of the beauties that reside in it.
This one is called a "Montana" Bachelor Button Centaurea and I just adore the uniqueness of its petals!
I've had two fo these before and for some reason each of them never came back. I'm hoping this one will. It's called a "Dalmation Rose" Foxglove Digitalis.
A few years ago, my mother in law brought me a Daisy plant that she had split from her yard. Last year, I split it and now this year it has spread like crazy, through both of the gardens that I have the plants in. I'm one of those people who don't believe in coincidences and I think it was her doing, so that I could dig some of them up to give to others. It was only fitting that I move one of the plants to her memorial garden as well.
I just adore the Calla Lily and they're among my favorite flowers. I've had them before, only to be saddened when they didn't come back the following year since most Calla Lilies are annual plants. However, my husband spotted and picked this one out at Home Depot and I was excited to see that it is in fact a perennial!