Entering Winter - 2014-2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

I've Been Sorting Photographs!

And walking a bit down memory lane.

This is my sister's tree.
It had been just recently planted when this photo was taken June 20, 2007.
These are 'Lady Sheila Ann Germaney Iris' early Spring Iris bulb plantings.
These were flowering April 6, 2008 around the tree. Daffodils bloomed later.








This photo was taken April 20, 2008.
These photos were taken May 7, 2008.
I was sure the tree was outdoing itself!
:-)

This photo was taken June 8, 2008.

And this photo was taken September 30, 2008.
I didn't take a Fall photo...
it wasn't very dramatic.

Have a great day!!

21 comments:

EB said...

What a beautiful, joyous memorial - and amazing blossom :) Something to lookforward to and enjoy over several months.

Gail said...

Dear Shady, (((You))) from me....I know you are fine but I wanted to send a hug anyway! It's a beautiful tree and will grow more lovely each year...gail

Shady Gardener said...

EB, It is a treasured memorial. And you're right. It represents anticipation of the future, doesn't it?

Gail, Thank you for the hug. I am fine, and I so appreciate you! :-)

Grace Peterson said...

Planting a tree is a great way to memorialize a loved one. A few years from now it will tower, produce shade and fruit (I think. Is it a pear tree?) and lots and lots of oxygen and you'll always think of your sister. I love it.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Grace, Thank you for your kind words and thoughts! :-) My faux pas! It's a flowering crab apple. Malus 'Sargentii.' One of my neighbor-friends planted the same variety of tree the Spring before in honor of her mother. We thought that was a great "sign."

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

It's a beautiful tree. I think it's great to have a pretty tree to remind you of someone as special as your sister!

Karen - An Artist's Garden said...

Shady, It is great to see how your tree has grown. It is a lovely way to commemorate your super gardening sister.
Transatlantic hug
K

Patsi said...

White blooms are sooo pretty.
I bet you'll have some great colors come this spring.

Shady Gardener said...

Catherine, It is a beautiful tree. It feeds the birds in the Winter and it is such a nice way to commemorate my sister's life. :-)

Thanks, Karen. Hugs are always good! And a transatlantic one is a huge one! :-)

Patsi, We'll be ready for Spring, won't we? And we'll be watching each other! :-)

Nutty Gnome said...

What a lovely way to bear witness to your sister's life. My sister died 12 years ago after an accident and we didn't do anything to commemorate her as I wasn't into gardening at that point and my mum (- the original Mad Gnome gardener)had died a couple of years before, so there was no-one to guide us.
Your post has made me want to plant trees to both these very special people - so I'm off to look/drool at tree catalogues for inspiration. Thank you so much - and big hugs from me.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, it is that time of year when we look backward and forward. It isn't too much fun to just look outside now.

Chad and Brandy said...

What a wonderful memorial. Such a great way to have a lasting tribute.

Shady Gardener said...

NG, I'm so happy you're being inspired to think about living memorials for both your mom and sister. Hugs back! :-)

Lisa, You're right! :-)

Chad and Brandy, Thank you. and Thanks for visiting. :-)

Darla said...

I believe that is so special. Nice photos!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Nice pics and a wonderful story to go with.

troutbirder said...

Indeed a fine tribute and memory. Sadly I have done this twice.

Shady Gardener said...

Darla, Thanks for your visit.

IGW, Thank you.

troutbirder, I'm sorry. But the memory is very nice, is it not?

Frances said...

Hi Shady, here is another (((big hug))) from me too. I can think of no other memorial more wonderful than the planting of a tree. This crabapple is a beauty.
Frances

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Frances, thank you for the big hug! Hugs are always appreciated, especially in this case. :-) I just found another photo, so I'm going to add it to the collection, here!

GardenAuthor said...

So nice to witness the progress of this lovely memorial... what an abundance of blooms. Thank you for sharing this remembrance. /Deb

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Deb! It was good to take the photos during the year, but it was even better to gather them together. :-)