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I should be at work, but all this week I have been laid up with a ‘flu like virus. Today is the first day that I don’t ache somewhere! But I have had more time to look at everyone’s photo’s and seeing some plants got me thinking how certain plants remind me of people I have known.
London Pride and Lily of the Valley are my Granny, the path leading to her front door were lined with these. Runner beans and gooseberries are my Grandad! He grew everything but these stand out in my memory. Marigolds take me back to Granny’s neighbour who grew loads of them and her garden was a mass of orange.
My other Granny and Grandad’s garden was mainly full of shrubs, I don’t remember any particular flowers. But they always had a tortoise!
My Dad is Roses, he had a real passion for them, Queen Elizabeth and Josephine Bruce were his favourites. Mum liked Sweet Peas. My best friend is freesia’s.
Am I alone in this, or does anyone else relate people to plants?

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Nice one potty
Memories are sweet and they are the one thing no one can ever take away from you...good blog.kev

22 Aug, 2008

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Hope you will soon be much improved Pottygardener ,

22 Aug, 2008

 

Oh yes, this happens to me all the time. Lily of the valley and all kinds of vegies plus cherry trees remind me of my grandmother and petunias and impatiens of my mother, Hydrangas and lilies of my grandfather. The list goes on and on. I think this must be inherent in most all people, maybe only some realize it. Some plants and flowers also remind me of places i have lived, to me Calif smells like Eucalyptus!
Hope you are restored to health soon!

22 Aug, 2008

 

It's strange that you have mentioned Lilies of the Valley reminding you of your grandmother. They were my Grandma's favourites as well, and were growing here when she left the house to me after she died in the early 1970s, so many happy memories that are connected to flowers as well!
I can still remember the perfume when I used to step out into the garden when I was young. I'm still tending the garden, as the house and its garden have been in my family since 1900.
Thanks for this lovely Blog, and hope that you will soon feel better.
Best wishes.
Grenville.

22 Aug, 2008

 

Yes I do this too. I tend to get plants for my garden that bring back childhood memories.

22 Aug, 2008

 

same here, hollyhocks always remind me of my late mother in law,,, hope you feel better soon

22 Aug, 2008

 

Don't we all Chrispook? I grew up in the tropics and therefore I just love tropical gardens. Smell of gardenia's, jasmin and orange blossom is still in my nose! But remembering people in association with plants or flowers I do not have, since my family didn't do much gardening. Only my grandfather had an abundance of roses, mainly red roses growing along a wall.

22 Aug, 2008

 

Runner beans are my Grandfather in his later years. When he came to visit, he was always given the task of stringing and slicing them. I suppose the many years that have gone since then have given me a memory of him always sitting in the sun doing this! Golden Rod always brings back memories of returning home from our annual family holiday, as I suppose it would have been in flower at the end of august. Hope you get rid of your nasty-sounding bug soon!

22 Aug, 2008

 

Golden Rod....Ping! Another memory! Spritz, as a child we had this in our garden too. Lots of it!
Thank you all for your comments and good wishes, I am pleased to say I feel a lot better this afternoon!

22 Aug, 2008

 

When I started collecting fuchsias I found one variety called Winifred and another called Hanna. Those were the names of my two grandmothers so I bought them. Unfortunately Hanna has died last winter so I'll have to try and replace her. I found another fuchsia called Caroline - my aunt's name , and ane called DillyDilly - my mother's name is Dilys so that's the nearest I'm going to get to her name I think.lol. There's also one called Beryl's Choice and my (sort of) partner is called Beryl. I also found one called Welsh Dragon so I had to have it, and one called Cymru which means Wales. Also one called Land Van Beveren which means Land of My Fathers - The Welsh National Anthem . And there's one called Devonshire Dumpling - well I had an English grandfather who came from Barnstaple in Devon. That's enough for now I think.

22 Aug, 2008

 

Memories come back to me when i go on my friends allotment, my dad always had one, when we went with him my sisters & i always went to the garden peas, he always new when we were quite, we where eating the peas, i can remember coming home 7 we'd be all sat round the table podding peas, & when it was a nice day i can remember potatoes drying out in the back garden, & onions hanging up to dry, wow this is taking me back more years than i care to remember.

22 Aug, 2008

 

But isn't it nice when the memories come back, Clarice? They get lost in the hub-ub of everyday life 'till something jogs it. I dreamt I was in my Granny's house last night, must be thinking more, having time on my hands being poorly!
Blodyn, I used to have roses that reminded me of my children,left behind on moving, but on the look out for suitable patio roses to replace them. Any suggestions anyone, around the names Karl and Michelle?

22 Aug, 2008

 

I used to grow a hebe 'Carl Teschner' (it's now known as H.youngii I think). And David Austin listed a hybrid tea rose called 'Michelle Meilland'.
Lily of the Valley was associated with both my grandmothers - one grew it in her garden and the other had some in her wedding bouquet. I also remember large stands of tall white shasta daisies lining the path of one of my grandmother's gardens.
On a personal note, I grow magnolia grandiflora 'Exmouth', named after my home town

22 Aug, 2008

 

Just remembered - when each of our children was born, we planted a tree in the garden as a little ceremony. Our son had a Magnolia and our daughter had a Prunus 'Amanogowa'. I'd like to think that they are still there, back in Kent, but somehow I doubt it.

22 Aug, 2008

 

Thank you Andrew, I have looked up both of those and they are definite possibilities for my criteria.. I also looked up Shasta daisies that you mention as I was not sure what they were and the variety mentioned is called Becky...my Daughter-in-Law! This could be my new pot planting theme!

22 Aug, 2008

 

Spritz, 15 years ago when I buried one of my dogs in my garden I planted the rose 'Peace' over him. It was in the corner of a gravelled area, so a bit of an odd place but where he used to lay. Having recently visited that area I had to have a look and it was still there! So your trees could still be there.

22 Aug, 2008

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