Friday, May 22, 2009

Planting an Ancestor Garden.

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I went out this week and gathered several vases full of lilacs to fill my house and office. My maternal grandmother Eila Dana loved lilacs and thus they are one of my favorite flowers too. With the smell all around me and everytime I look over at the bouquet on my desk, I remember her fondly. (That is her on the left).

We have planted all kinds of other plants in honor of our ancestors too. Some of them include:

  • Tomatoes--for my Dad who loves fresh tomatoes from the garden.
  • Beets--for my Grandfather Carpenter who helped prisoners of war weed beets during World War II
  • Begonias--for my Grandfather Dana who always had beautiful begonias on his deck.
  • Lilacs--for Grandma Dana of course.
  • Tiger Lillies-- for Kim's Grandmother Anderson who had big clumps of them in front of her house.
  • Impatiens--for Kim's mother who had them all over her front yard.
  • Crocuses--for my Mother who got all excited that spring was coming when they would peek through the snow.
  • Roses--for my Grandmother Hortense Carpenter who helped me make potpurri with rose petals from her garden when I was a child.
  • Hollyhocks--from my Great great Grandmother Schwendiman's house where they posed for many pictures. (That's her in the picture right under the arch with her mother Great great great Grandmother Williams)

What plants run in your family? Plant a few this spring in their honor. Maybe even get some plant markers to show off who you are honoring. And then share them with your descendants. Happy spring!


Scoutsigns said...

Picked this up from Twitter.

This is a great idea, in line with remembering loved ones with their favorite meal (or my favorite that they made) on their birthday.

I've already forwarded to my wife and kids for us to incorporate into our lives.


Janet Iles said...

I don't know if there are any special plants in our family but I love how you have different plants in honour of different ancestors.

Connie and Mike said...

What a great idea... a way of keeping families connected in a way that makes sense to our younger generations... thanks for the idea...