A to Z: ‘Q’ is for QUEST FOR REMEMBRANCE

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.
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A to Z: ‘Q’ is for QUEST FOR REMEMBRANCE

“Sometimes we can’t let go of memories, because they are constant reminders of a great story that we never expected to end.”
– Joffrey Lagura

What is a memory garden but a quest for remembrance? It’s a physical, tactile way to have plants as a tribute to our loved ones, guiding our mind to loving memories long past.
Sometimes we see the end coming. Oftentimes we don’t. But even though the end of the story is inevitable, we don’t want it to happen too soon, or to our loved ones. We continue the quest – remembering our special people, our minds keeping their memories alive.
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A to Z: ‘P’ is for PETS

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘P’ is for PETS

REMEMBERING PETS

plant10Your memory garden is your unique creation. You can use it to commemorate one loved one, or many loved ones. The ones we want to remember are not always human. Furry, winged and sometimes scaled creatures enter our lives and we love them too. You can honor your pet’s memories by including them in your memory garden. One pet or many. Only pets. Only humans. Or, a mix of both. Your garden remembrance is what you want and what you make it.

Just as there are stepping stones with tribute quotes on them for the people in our lives, there are also some for pets. They may say, for instance, “In memory of a faithful friend and companion” or “Dogs leave paw prints on our hearts.”

Statuary can be placed amidst the plantings. Dogs, cats, birds, and turtles are very common. Other animal figurines exist. I have a concrete turtle marking where Bessie, my box turtle is buried. All right, Bessie is a box turtle and the figurine is a tortoise. But when I walk in the gate to my garden area, and I see my turtle guardian greeting me, I think of Bessie – and the other turtles that have been part of my life.

If you’ve had only one, or a few, special pets that you’re observing, you can have an entire plant for each pet, along with a name plaque or statuary piece in their honor. At our home, there are many pets that have died, so we have an area with simple bricks, laid out in a decorative manner, with names painted on each one.

A to Z: ‘O’ is for OREGANO

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘O’ is for OREGANO

We plant a memory garden as a tribute to our loved ones that have passed. And who doesn’t feel sadness when we remember the ones no longer in our lives? They symbolism for Oregano is ‘will banish sadness’, perfect for a memory garden.

OREGANO – Will Banish Sadness

oreganoCommon Name:                      OREGANO

Botanical Name:                      Origananum vulgare

Height:                                    2 ½’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 5-9

Sun requirements:                   Full sun

Water Needs:                           Average watering

A to Z: ‘N’ is for NO PLANTS?

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘N’ is for NO PLANTS?

A GARDEN WITH NO PLANTS

IMG_0241What? You say you don’t have room for a garden? You don’t have a place to put any potted plants? Nothing grows there? You don’t have a green thumb?

It is possible to have a beautiful memory garden area without a single plant. Thousands of concrete and polyresin pieces exist, with loving sayings, angels, rainbows and a multitude of symbolic meanings that can create a memory area at your house, on a patio, in a corner of a room, or on a mantle. Angels in every form or fashion you can imagine are available. Pick up any mail order catalog. Do an internet search. Possibilities abound with something you can use to create a special space for our loved one.

Were they an ocean lover? Fill a basket, or a planter area, with sea shells, driftwood or pieces of smooth edged sea glass.

Were they a bowler? An old bowling ball or a bowling pin inscribed with their name will fill your memory area with special thoughts.

Look around your house or your yard. Find a corner, a niche, an area that you can fill with mementoes that bring your special loved one to mind. It may take a weekend. It may be an ongoing project that you keep adding to as you go along. When you spy that additional little trinket that brings your loved one to mind, think of them as you purchase it and bring it home to add to your collection. Their memories remain alive in your remembrance. Cherish the memories that return to you unbidden, even though they are sometimes painful and saddening. Our tears and emotions keep our feelings alive, and the connections with our loved ones open.

A to Z: ‘M’ is for MEMORIAL SYMBOLS

a2z_mIt’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

 

A to Z: ‘M’ is for MEMORIAL SYMBOLS

craneARROW – Symbol of desire and virility.

BALANCE/SCALES – Symbolizes justice.

BEES – Bearers of goodwill. Symbol of virginity.

BELLS – Symbolizes peace and non-violence.

CRANE – Symbolic bird of the sun.

DOVE – The emblem of purity

EAGLE – Symbolizes connection to the higher world.

EYE – Symbolically represents intelligence, spirituality and watchfulness.

OWL – A symbol of wisdom.

PHOENIX – A legendary bird that represents resurrection.

TRIANGLE – Symbol of life and the Trinity

A to Z: ‘L’ is for LAVENDER

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘L’ is for LAVENDER

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Lavender is a good addition to any memory garden, used to signify love or devotion. It’s fairly drought tolerant, making it a good choice for the water conscious gardener. It doesn’t like to have its feet wet, so place where drainage is good. You’ll be blessed with fragrant blossoms, reminding you of your loved one.

LAVENDER – Love, Devotion

Common Name:                      LAVENDER

Botanical Name:                      Lavandula

Height:                                    1’ – 4’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 4-9

Sun requirements:                   Full sun

Water Needs:                           Little water

A to Z: ‘K’ is for KIDS

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘K’ is for KIDS

Losing a child, either our own or one that’s in our family sphere, is harder to bear. There are many plants you can use as a tribute to a young child with symbolism for grief, love, remembrance, mourning, I love you, sympathy, hope, affection, comfort, etc. Any of these are good plants to have in a memory garden to remember young children with. A few plants are more significant in the case of remembering the younger angels in our lives.

babys breathBaby’s Breath: Innocence, Pure of Heart

Buttercup: Childishness

Cinquefoil: Beloved Child, Maternal Affection

Coltsfoot: Material Love and Care

Daisy (White): Innocense

Gerbera: Innocence

Lily: Purity, Chastity and Innocense

Moss: Maternal Love

Virgin’s Bower: Filial Love (referring to son or daughter)

A to Z: ‘J’ is for JASMINE

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘J’ is for JASMINE

Jasmine is a fragrant reminder for our memory gardens, it’s scent filtering through our senses, drifting along with memories and love.

JASMINE – Hindu Symbol for Love
JASMINE (Carolina) – Separation
JASMINE (Night Blooming) – Love’s Vigil

Common Name:                      JASMINE
Botanical Name:                      Jasminum
Height:                                    5’ – 30’, most are 10’-20’
USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 5-9
Sun requirements:                   Full sun or partial shade
Water Needs:                           Regular water

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A to Z: ‘I’ is for IRIS

a2z_iIt’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘I’ is for IRIS

Iris is one of my favorites, and they’re just starting to bloom. Usually my white irises are the first bloomers. This year the yellow ones burst open this week. For my memory garden, I use them to signify ‘Faith’ and ‘Hope’.

IRIS (Generally) – Faith, Promise in Love, Hope, Your Friendship Means So Much to Me

Common Name:                      IRIS

Botanical Name:                      Iris

Height:                                    8” – 3’, varies with species

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 4-9

Sun requirements:                   From full sun to partial shade, varies

Water Needs:                           From little to much, varies with species.

A to Z: Honeysuckle

It’s April! That means it’s time for the ‘BLOGGING A to Z CHALLENGE’. Everyday this month (except Sunday) bloggers will be blogging to a theme, using different letter of the alphabet – running, of course, from A to Z.

I’m blogging about MEMORY GARDENS: botanical tributes to celebrate our loved ones. Most of my writing is about keeping memories alive, so a spring garden is a perfect match to celebrate loved ones memories. Come join us all month for 26 different posts about Memory Gardens … and then, maybe plant your own tribute to remember your own special person.

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A to Z: ‘H’ is for HONEYSUCKLE

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Honeysuckle ready to bloom amidst the irises and primroses.

HONEYSUCKLE – The Bond of Love

Common Name:                      HONEYSUCKLE/WOODBINE

Botanical Name:                      Lonicera
Height:                                       5’ – 20’
USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 5-9
Sun requirements:                   Full sun to light shade
Water Needs:                            Moderate summer water

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