We love remembering those people that are important to us, too, and like many others, there are plants in our garden that were purposely planted in honor or in memory of those we love.
There are the yellow roses in memory of my friend Pat, who died of cancer four years ago. Yellow roses were her favorites. The pink hollyhocks got their start in my grandma's garden and she has contributed several other special plantings, including a beautiful Japanese Maple tree. There is the white daisy that Jenna gave me several years ago for Mother's Day. We planted pink tulips because Romie's dad loved them.
Mom has shared countless plants with me and that means a lot because she is the reason I love to garden today. My astilbe 'Sprite' has a special marker on it that says, "Mom's Favorite." She gave it to me last summer while on one of our gardening jaunts and it's part of one of those jokes between us that you're now privy to. Every time we are out and about and we come across 'Sprite' astilbe in a garden or the conversation turns to astilbe in general, she always says, "I like 'Sprite' the best."
There are other passalong plants in the garden: the 'Clara Curtis' mums from Marsha, a 'Stella d'Oro' daylily from the UPS man's own garden when he noticed that he was delivering a lot of packages from nurseries to our house, Lily-of-the-Valley from my Aunt Kay, a Cornelian Cherry from fellow garden blogger Earth Girl, 'Dawn' hosta from blackswamp_girl, and the hippeastrums from Florida friend Kat.
There is the pine from Maine that used to grow near Sebago Lake that I carried home in my suitcase in 1979, a permanent reminder of the wonderful time we spent there with friends. The following year, Mom and Dad gave us a Buckeye tree that we planted to mark the birth of our first child, Kara.
Our gardens are literally alive with memories and we love being surrounded by them while we're working and playing outside. We walk among them and smile as we recall the special people that come to mind. These are what truly make Our Little Acre our home.