Saturday, February 23, 2013

Green Was Her World

Today couldn't have been more beautiful.

The sky was blue, the sun was shining, 

the birds were singing, the air was crisp, and 

a group of neighbors and friends gathered together

to dedicate a small neighborhood garden 

to an amazing lady we lost two years ago.

It's just a small plot 

where an oak tree towers overhead.

A daily reminder and tribute to an

incredible lady who gave of herself to 

family, friends and community.

We miss you, Gail!

I realize we still have a week of 

February ahead of us, but it feels like spring here.

A small patch of larkspur has begun to bloom in my front garden.

It's giving me hope of what's to come.

This is my first experience growing larkspur.  

These are from seeds that a friend shared with me last fall.

I planted poppy seed at the same time, 

but so far no evidence of poppies.

Larkspur is in the delphinium family.  

In the Language of Flowers during Victorian times, 

larkspur symbolized a pure heart and laughter.

Both of these traits are characteristic of my friend Gail.

It makes me smile to see them springing 

up in my garden this week.

In early March last year, bluebonnets 

were flourishing and blooming in my herb garden.  

Only one small plant sighted so far this season. 

Mid February is the time to prune one's roses.

The photo above of my knockout roses 

and blue plumbago was taken last spring.

This bed looks pretty bare now, 

waiting for the first flush of new spring growth.

So that's what I'm doing these winter days........

waiting for my garden to spring forth in color once again.

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The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. How special, thank you for sharing.

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  3. Oh, Sarah! Everything is so lovely and I really appreciate the tip about pruning the roses. I am not a gardener, but I think I could do that, while it is still cool. I cannot wait to see your garden in the spring!

  4. Lovely flowers in your garden....thanks for sharing!

  5. So pretty and how sweet to honor your friend. I hope that pretty weather is here tomorrow. It has been cold and gloomy.

  6. Such a great way to honor your friend. All your flowers are so lovely. Have a great weekend.

  7. I'm so sorry for your loss. This looks like a perfect tribute to a very special person.

    - The Tablescaper

  8. What a wonderful dedication to a giving woman. Your garden is beautiful. I love the Larkspur! I have some growth on my roses already. I can't wait! Hope your poppies "Pop" up! ;)

  9. How sweet to honor your dear neighbor, Sarah! Your garden looks beautiful with the larkspur. I love your touches of blue interspersed. I love spring, too, with new beginnings and fresh color. xo

  10. Your pictures are beautiful and are so welcoming as it is still very much winter in these parts....

    What a beautiful tribute to yor friend!


  11. How nice of you to remember a friend.
    Your garden is very pretty love all the flowers.
    I am also waiting for my roses to start budding and flowers to bloom. Can hardly wait. Planted 4 new roses bushes this year.

  12. Seasonal blooming flowers in your garden and so beautiful promising images for us!! Thank you so much for sharing !

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  14. A nice tribute to a friend Sarah! It's always exciting when things begin to green up and bloom-enjoy:@)

  15. How beautiful Sarah! What a wonderful tribute to your friend and fellow gardener. No sign of spring here yet except for the daffies showing their faces. It's been gray and rainy here for a week, but the sun is supposed to return today!

    I ordered Poppy seeds and to sow this spring. I just found a wonderful link & post about growing them I'd be happy to share if you're interested!

  16. Oh so pretty. Everything looks really bad here, can't wait for all the flowers to come alive. Hugs, Marty

  17. A very nice tribute to your friend, Sarah. I love the larkspur too. I used to grow delphiniums but they were always a aphid magnet. Treating them used to be a real pain since they were so tall. I will have to enjoy your flowers for awhile as spring is still a couple months away here.

  18. How kind of you all..

    An honor for sweet.

    It is far from Spring here.This yr we are wondering if it will come..:)

  19. What a lovely garden tribute to a friend, and your larkspur are looking good. I've never grown those, but always thought they were pretty. Hopefully, your poppies will pop up soon. :) Now, you have me wanting to check out the garden center.
    Hugs,and have a nice Sunday.

  20. The only thing springing forth here is mud after the latest snow melt! :)

    What a lovely garden memorial you all created in honor of your friend!

  21. So beautiful - this really touched my heart. Thank you for that! Happy Sunday from the enchanted oven.

  22. Such a lovely memorial to your friend and neighbor Gail - so glad the day was fine for the dedication.

    Your own garden looks amazing already Sarah, the larkspur is so brilliant with healthy looking foliage, and from seeds no less.

    I have so much work ahead of me in the garden but too early to start yet as it's been chilly and wet, although today is lovely with sunshine this morning. Perhaps later in the week it will warm up, my nasty cold will have gone, and I can get outside for a few hours to start on needed pruning first.

    Catching up on your posts I've missed - all of course are lovely and full of color and joy. My expedition to Antarctica was magical - not much gardening going on there of course but still amazing landscapes! Good to be home for a while - lots to get done in the next few months!

    Happy Sunday dear -
    Hugs, Mary

  23. What a special way to honor your friend! No flowers here - we are still covered in snow! Last year I bought a poppy plant and was told it would not bloom after spring and it continued to bloom most of the summer - I am anxious to see if it comes up again this year (I do NOT have a green thumb and hate to garden!) So anxious for spring here!!

  24. I am ready for spring flowers! I was in Texas one year for the Bluebonnets and it made me so happy!
    hugs, Linda

  25. Sarah,
    Such a lovely tribute to your friend, Gail!!! Although friends may be gone from our daily exsistance, they are never far from thought and rememberance.
    Thank you for sharing such a sweet visual reminder of a loving friend with us!

  26. Sarah, the garden is as lovely as you said and a beautiful tribute to your friend. It's nice you can walk to visit Gail's garden. Thanks for sharing the photos.
    I see your gardens are teasing you with a few blooms, just enough to start thinking about the beauty of spring! I've never tried Larkspur but I think I will. I like to try new flowers every year. I think your rose garden is lovely next to the pathway. I think it's official, we have spring fever!

    The French Hutch

  27. What a lovely tribute to your friend Gail. We are having gorgeous weather today for the first time in forever! :D I can't wait to plant a few pots this spring, but I'm going to wait a few weeks. This will give me time to plan!


  28. What a special friend and how nice of you all to honor her memory this way! So nice!
    Hope you are having a great weekend.

  29. Such a beautiful and lovely way to honor your friend. Thank you for sharing this loveliness with us too. Thank you for dear Sarah for coming by and leaving me such lovely comments. Have a wonderful week.

  30. That was so sweet, and thoughtful Sara. We finally had a gorgeous Carolina day here today. Enjoying my in-laws while they are visiting and getting ready for our big trip to Ireland. All is good. XO

  31. Lovely! And I bet your friend is smiling down on you!

  32. What a wonderful way to remember someone special! Sweet hugs!

  33. This is such a special tribute to your friend!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  34. What a beautiful tribute. Your photos are lovely.

  35. It is so nice that you all honored your friend with a special tribute plaque in a garden she loved.

    Your own garden is lovely, Sarah! It will be quite awhile before I see blooms here as we had over a foot of snow today. Everyone is very happy about it here, as there were worries about the drought.

  36. Hi Sarah,
    your tribute for Gail is so nice. Its so sad to miss dear friend. to know that she cannot enjoy anymore the happy things we enjoy. But on the other hand. Who knows wheather she enjoys the happiness, we are all waiting for the whole life long? I wish she knows about her sweet garden. Would make her happy, too. All your flowers are so pretty to see. How I am crawing for spring. But snow has fallen here again. We have to wait patiently for spring. But I hope that all the flowers are preparing for spring while they are hidden from snow.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  37. What a lovely tribute and memorial for your friend. I am sure she will be missed. I love all your pretty flowers, I am so looking forward to Spring. Beautiful post, have a happy week!

  38. what a wonderful tribute to a generous friend.
    Goodness gracious, flowers already!
    Oh how I envy you. Snow is still on the ground here.
    Sarah, have a wonderful week.
    Hugs from a still cold NY State,

  39. What a beautiful tribute! It makes one wonder if anyone will remember them when they are gone. How special that you would gather and remember!

    I sure wish my February looked like your February did - that looks like May here! What stunning blooms, it gives you hope!

  40. Hi Sarah, We are months away from flowers in our gardens here in Chicagoland. We have to start inside to bring in a little spring. It is a lovely tribute to your neighbor, what better way to remember her than with a spot so beautiful.
    Thank you for the sneak peek on spring in your garden. Love, Penny

  41. What a lovely post and a beautiful tribute to your friend. Your flowers are absolutely beautiful! =) Have a wonderful week!

  42. I can only dream that my garden would ever look this beautiful. Thanks for reminding me about pruning the roses. I would have forgotten. Cherry Kay

  43. Before you know it, the whole world outside will come alive. Then it seems as if April just zooms by. :) What a sweet tribute to your friend Sarah.

  44. The flowers are beautiful and what a lovely tribute.

  45. Beautiful garden photos and a nice way to remember a friend.

  46. What a wonderful memorial garden, she must have been a very dear person. Your flowers are gorgeous, we are a ways away from flowers here yet so I am enjoying yours!

  47. Sweet tribute for your friend. How wonderful that you are seeing larkspur coming up. I am only seeing beautiful white snow every where I look. But am daydreaming about Spring.

  48. This is absolutely wonderful! What a beautiful tribute to Gail!

  49. Sarah, what a wonderful memorial to your friend - a place that will forever hold the memory of her. I always love seeing pictures of your garden. I wish I had a green thumb and the knowledge I need to make my garden as pretty as yours. laurie

  50. What a lovely and wonderful tribute to this special lady. Very well done.

  51. Hi Sarah,
    Lucky you to be having such great weather! and lucky you to have know such a lovely friend, a beautfiul tribute!! I love Pintrest and am Pin Friendly, thanks for liking:-)

  52. Green was her world, and green was her thumb. What a loving tribute!

  53. Such a lovely way to pay tribute to a dear friend. Spring is just on its way over here and the sun has finally made an appearance. Take care. Chel

  54. beautiful flowers and tribute!
    sandy :)

  55. Loverly as my sister used to say when we were kids.

  56. what a gorgeous memory of a friend, so kind and beautiful. what a treat that you shared it, very touching~

  57. Sarah, what a gorgeous tribute to a dear friend. I can think of nothing better to honor someone than a beautiful garden. Love the pictures of your flowers. I sprinkled Larkspur seeds three years ago and it has come back profusely ever since. I love it, but I have to pull some out or it smothers other plants. It is my birthday flower, so of course I adore it! I can see it coming up all over now, but it will not bloom until May. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  58. What a gorgeous plant. Beautiful tribute! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  59. What a beautiful tribute to your friend, Sarah!...hugs...Debbie


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