- Me with my mother, Marilyn Wilt
Memorial Day is a day set aside for remembering those that have died while serving in the armed forces, but it’s also a day that many simply remember those that have passed on before them.
I love the idea of remembering loved ones in our garden, and have a yellow rose bush planted in my garden in memory of my mother. Mom was the person most responsible for turning me into a gardener, and yellow roses were her favorite flower. Every time that rose bush blooms, I think of her.
When someone passes on, we traditionally give the folks mourning gifts of flowers or plants. I’d like to advocate the giving of plants that will live on in memory of the deceased. My mother’s best friend sent African violets, my mother’s favorite houseplant, to the funeral home when she died, and those went home with me. Again, every bloom reminds me of her.
Some thoughtful soul sent a rose bush to the funeral home, upon the death of my sister-in-law. Her daughter has the bush planted at her home, and I’m sure it brings her comfort to see it living on.
Has anyone else planted flowers or plants in memory of a loved one? I’d love to hear your stories.