A to Z: ‘U’ is for U CAN DO IT!

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: ‘U’ is for U CAN DO IT!

You can do it!

You can add a memory garden one step at a time. You don’t need to accomplish the whole undertaking in one weekend. Start out with a plan. What can you do? A whole plot? One plant? Determine what you can do and make a plan. That’s a start! Hooray! Celebrate your accomplishment. You’ve made a decision and a plan.

Then, decide what your next step is. Do you need to clear an area? Get a planter? Buy a brick to pain?

One step at a time, that’s all it takes. Celebrate your accomplishments and know that your loved ones recognize your love and your efforts to honor their memory.

See, you CAN do it!

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A to Z: ‘T’ is for THRIFT

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: ‘T’ is for THRIFT

THRIFT (Armeria) – Sympathy

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Common Name:                      THRIFT

Botanical Name:                      Armeria

Height:                                    8” – 16”

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 3-8

Sun requirements:                   Full sun

Water Needs:                           Little to moderate water

A to Z: ‘S’ is for SAGE

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: ‘S’ is for SAGE

SAGE – Wisdom, Great Respect, Alleviates Grief

SAGE (Blue) – I Think of You

SAGE (Red) – Always Yours

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Common Name:                      SAGE

Botanical Name:                      Salvia

Height:                                    1’ – 6’, S. officinalis (common sage) 2 ½’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones generally 5-9, Common broadleaf zones 4-11

Sun requirements:                   Most want full sun

Water Needs:                           Most like aridity

A Pocket Full of Posies: Rosemary

TT_bannerWelcome to TUESDAY TALES. This week we’re writing to a picture prompt. Only 300 words – no more!

The past few months Tuesday Tales featured Bea and Casey Jones, from Fat and Sassy. As only a few more scenes need added before heading into a first round of edits, this week we’re moving to another WIP with brand new stories. This WIP, A Pocket Full of Posies, features twelve different women navigating life’s obstacles.

This week, join us as we meet Rosemary, a single woman struggling to keep a small, independent animal shelter functioning.

Return to TUESDAY TALES for more great story snippets.

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A POCKET FULL OF POSIES: ROSEMARY

A red tailed hawk drifted in circles, catching the thermals, rising higher above the meadow with each pass. Rosemary raised her hand to her brow and lifted her head to follow the hawk’s relentless search.

“Oh hell no! Not my cats,” she muttered, more to herself than to the free spirit of the skies. “Go find your own dinner – away from my kiddos.” She kept her vigil, elbows resting on the wood framed gate until the bird soared to the north, where the snowcapped foothills formed a majestic background for the inhabitants of ‘Fur Baby Haven’.

A sigh escaped her lips as she gazed at the hills before her, framed with an azure and fluffs of billowy white clouds. Oh to be up there, walking the trails, without a care in the world – except to not step on any copperheads, she thought.

“Oh, snap out of it Rosemary Alice Graham,” she spoke aloud. “What would the fur babies do if I were running amok in nature? Back to the salt mines girl.” She turned and headed back towards the kennels, the cacophony of barks getting louder with each step.

The sun was sinking down behind a mountain top as she left the sheltered pens and trudged to the single wide mobile that served as an office for her shelter. With only eight dogs and six cats in residence she could have been finished in an hour or two. Cleaning the pens and feeding took some time to be sure, but it was the playing, petting and cuddling that consumed more of her time. They can’t be without love and human attention, she always justified. She stepped inside, switching roles from cleaner/feeder/play toy to office manager/accounts payable/PR. The flashing light on the answering machine beckoned from the corner.

A to Z: ‘R’ is for ROSEMARY

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: ‘R’ is for ROSEMARY

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet (circa 1600), he begins Act 4, Scene V with the passage “There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance, …” Today, four hundred years later, people still reference ‘rosemary for remembrance’.

Rosemary is an excellent plant for a memory garden. Besides the significance of ‘remembrance’, it’s a plant that’s easy to care for. The fragrance is pleasing. And, even better, it’s a drought tolerant plant requiring little water once it’s established.

ROSEMARY – Remembrance, Fidelity and Loyalty

rosemaryCommon Name:                      ROSEMARY

Botanical Name:                      Rosmarinus officinalis

Height:                                       2’ – 6’

USDA Hardiness Zone:          Zones 7-10

Sun requirements:                   Full sun

Water Needs:                            Little to no water once established

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

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