Thursday, June 16, 2016

Remembering Mamie

There's a plant on our back deck that's older than Methuselah's grandmother.  It came from Mamie's yard. Mamie was Jilda's father's mother and she was handy with a hoe and garden fork. She had an eye for beauty, function, and yard fashion.

Mamie's yard was landscaped the old fashioned way. Mamie would find a bare spot in her yard and she'd plant a cutting of something that caught her eye that she'd gotten from a friend or neighbor.

When Jilda was young, her mother often left her in Mamie's care. Together they'd walk around her yard while Mamie talked and taught. Those visits helped instill  a love for Mother Nature's gifts into the soul of my lovely spouse. Mamie would point to a flower, shrub, or garden plant and teach her grandchild what the plant was called and how to care for it. 

The picture below is a flower that's almost like a shrub. We keep it in a pot so that we can bring it inside during winter because we don't want to risk losing it. Once inside, it becomes a little snippy, dropping flowers and leaves in the winter room. By January, all that's left are stalks and stems. It looks like a skeleton.

But when the days get warm in spring, I haul the bleeding heart outside. Almost without notice, the bleeding heart will put out a few stems with green shoots, and soon the flowers come.

It's a beautiful thing to behold. And it's a gift that always makes us remember Mamie. 


  1. A special person for sure.

  2. How wonderful to have great memories of a special person and also a piece of their life that lives on and continues to bloom year after year. Such a pretty plant!

  3. I admire folk who mark a loved one by a plant. I enjoy stories about plants and human relations. Friend Bonnie does the same. My mama tried, but we moved so much I think she gave up. This is a sweet tribute, Thanks.

  4. This is a wonderful story and I love how this flower reemerges like the Phoenix. What a wonderful memory

  5. My mother-in-law left tulip bulbs that were over 200 years old. My children rescued a few of them to continue the tradition.

  6. Anonymous12:17 AM

    What a lovely way to remember a loved one!!

  7. We have several bleeding heart plants here. They are planted in the ground and come up again every year. They survive our harsh winters. They were started from a plant my mother had.

  8. About the only plant I can hold on to are the peace lillys from my grand parents funerals. I have had them for years.

  9. A wonderful way to remember Mamie.

  10. How I wish I had Grandma's Lily of the valley flowers. They lined the side of her house. Maybe I can find some somewhere. Mamie and Jilda were great partners.


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