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what would you leave?


By lijemc


“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies, my grandfather said. A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall, or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or flower you planted, you’re there. It doesn’t matter what you do, he said, as long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching, he said The lawn cutter might just as well not been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

Ray Bradbury

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Thats very profound lijemec,
I think too it has to be touched with love x

22 Nov, 2013


Don't think that I agree with that. At this point in time Mg and myself have tenure of our garden and are creating what we think is a nice garden to be in. When we pass on the garden will be someone elses to do with as they think right. The chances of the new occupier being interested in alpine and woodland plants is very slight and I expect that they will transform the garden to their own taste. This does not bother me and I quite accept this reality.

22 Nov, 2013


I got rid of the lawn when I came to live here. Whoever gets this house after me will have a lot of work to do if they want to put it back.
I think we leave an imprint on everything we're involved with while we live :o)

22 Nov, 2013


I like to think that whoever lives in my house when I'm gone, will at least like the look of the garden, even if they change it, it wouldn't do for everyone to have the same taste, Derek.

22 Nov, 2013


I'm just hoping that when our garden passes to somebody else they look after the magnolia stellata that our son gave me a couple of years before he was killed.
They can do what they like with the rest and will probably design it much better than I did.
Lijemc, you will have your lovely pond to pass on, and all the wildlife will go on being grateful!

22 Nov, 2013


Thanks Pamg.

It wasn't meant to be sad Snoopdog, but I agree it's not the most cheerful of topics.

I can see where you are coming from Bulbaholic and I agree I wouldn't expect everything in my garden to stay the same as I feel gardens should change and not remain static. I think as Hywel says 'we leave an inprint on everything we touch' ~ thanks Hywel.

I agree Derek, everyone has their own tastes, but I'm sure there would be something they like in the garden that they want to maintain.

I'm sure your magnolia stellata will continue to go from strength to strength Steragram, it is such a lovely tree. I'm sure that every time you look at it you think of your son with love.

23 Nov, 2013


I shall leave four beautiful children and four grandkids (to date) and my beautiful garden, for anyone to do with as and what they will, the garden that is not the kids. lol. oh and hopefully some memories good and bad with some giggles and tears mixed in for good measure, not sad just realistic. lol - Hopefully not just yet though. lol.

28 Nov, 2013


That's lovely Oliveoil. It won't be for a long time yet.

30 Nov, 2013


Hopefully not Lijemc. lol :O) Too much gardening to do still. lol :O)))))

1 Dec, 2013

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