May Garden Memories

 

My mother’s garden has been a feature of every place we called home. Once my parents settled into the home where they retired, almost the entire yard became gardens, with each section planted so that there would be something happening throughout the year in the Pacific Northwest. What follows is a small sampling of photographs from the past decade or two. 

My folks had a significant portion of a concrete patio ripped out shortly after they took ownership of their house, leaving a covered patio off the family/TV/media room and enough uncovered space for Dad’s charcoal grilling. Much of that uncovered chunk was turned into a tiered potted garden, with a variety of colors and shapes of foliage. Yes, that is a greenhouse/garden shed in the left background. We kids put the garden shed together one summer early on, from a prefabricated kit. It has stood going on three decades of rain and wind. The orientation lets Mom start plants in the late winter, so she, with the assistance of her undergardener (Dad) can get them into the ground at the earliest safe date.

The back yard also features lilies in season:


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you approach the house from the street, one side of the property line is defined by a rose garden, with a variety of colors and shapes, hybrid to heritage. Here is one bush in fairly full bloom.

These are all nice photographs of pretty flowers, but the best was taken some years ago by my mother, who proudly shared her photograph of Jude the Obscure in full bloom. Have a nice cuppa and take time to smell the roses.

Jude the Obscure Rose

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  1. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
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    There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, now managed by @she. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim a day of the month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake.

    Stop by and sign up now for “May Day, Mayday, May Days.”

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  2. Mark Camp Member
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    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, now managed by @ she. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim a day of the month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake.

    Stop by and sign up now for “May Day, Mayday, May Days.”

    Interested in Group Writing topics that came before? See the handy compendium of monthly themes. Check out links in the Group Writing Group. You can also join the group to get a notification when a new monthly theme is posted.

    When I click on the link “May Day,…” it seems to put me some kind of infinite loop.  I am probably just doing something stupid and will find it tomorrow, but you may want to have a look.

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  3. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    Mark Camp (View Comment):

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    There are two major monthly Group Writing projects. One is the Quote of the Day project, now managed by @ she. This is the other project, in which Ricochet members claim a day of the month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake.

    Stop by and sign up now for “May Day, Mayday, May Days.”

    Interested in Group Writing topics that came before? See the handy compendium of monthly themes. Check out links in the Group Writing Group. You can also join the group to get a notification when a new monthly theme is posted.

    When I click on the link “May Day,…” it seems to put me some kind of infinite loop. I am probably just doing something stupid and will find it tomorrow, but you may want to have a look.

    Dang. Thanks. It pointed to the tag, not the original post. Easy fix.

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  4. Midwest Southerner Member
    Midwest Southerner
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    Beautiful!

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  5. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
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    I keep looking at the photos, Clifford; they are so beautiful. I love lilies and roses. Your mother must have had a gift for growing, and it’ great how she involved the whole family, too. Thank you.

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  6. Shauna Hunt Coolidge
    Shauna Hunt
    @ShaunaHunt

    Gorgeous!

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