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Sunshine in the garden


By jasonf


I think that one of the things that has helped me get through the loss of my dear friend Derek’s passing, are the plants he bequethed to me. Somehow, I still feel that he is with me, every time I venture out into the garden.
Today, I just had to sit and stare for ages at his wonderful Fremontodendron californicum. A bit battered since the move, but it seems to have outshone everything in the garden; something my wife seems to do with ease, but she is certainly being challenged by this beauty.
I’ll have to ask Derek’s Mum to pop round for a cuppa, so that it will give her some cheer. Maybe I’ll make some strawberry jam scones and lace it with some HOT peppers. She will laugh her head off when her tongue goes numb!!!
Oh, Derek’s tricks – I do miss them.

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Lovely to look at this shrub and think of Derek :o)

5 May, 2011


I am so sad for your loss but am glad that the plants you "inherited" remind you of him. It's a good idea to get his Mum round to see the lovely plant that was his and that is now flowering in your garden.

5 May, 2011


Derek will always be with you in his plants.What a character he was. xx

5 May, 2011


Yes, it will always bring him back to you won't it, the sight of his plants. Lovely fremontodendron....glad it survived the move!

5 May, 2011


Thanks folks - at the moment, because it faces west, the blazing sunset is illuminating it like 40 odd bright lights - it's magical.
Maybe Derek's sparkling wit shines on.

5 May, 2011


Strawberry scones laced with peppers, your friend sounds like he was a real joker. What a nice way to remind you of him by leaving you his plants to look after.. :-)

5 May, 2011


Even in the pic above you can see how it is illuminated by the evening sun....nice bit of planting there Jason!

5 May, 2011


Thats nice.

5 May, 2011


That looks lovely,Jason..and a lovely memory of Derek..his sense of humour in his blogs,is sadly missed..he made me laugh a lot..Glad his spirit is still shining through in his plants..take care,and thank you for sharing this with us..:o)

5 May, 2011


Oh, you've all cheered me up so much. Sometimes I feel really sad that I lost Derek; he was so much part of my life, and his always unexpected practical jokes were a constant pick-me-up, especially on gloomy days.
I must admit though, that he swore by his well rotted "doo-doo", and his Fremontodendron and other plants have had a steady supply.
There are times I think I could do with a spoonful or two myself, but I don't think I would be flowering for very long!!! :)

6 May, 2011

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