‘C’ is for CHOOSING PLANTS
A specific plant: Choose a specific plant that reminds you of your loved one. My brother loved to grow zinnias. Whenever I see zinnias I’m reminded of the zinnias he grew in Toledo when we were children, and the zinnias he grew on his property in Iowa. When I see or smell carnations, memories flood my mind of the carnations my Grandpa Jones grew in Glendora, when I was a young child.
A favorite color: Did your loved one have a favorite color? My Grandma Jones loved red. Red, red, red! Any red flower could be used to honor my Grandma’s memory.
A favorite scent: Did they have a favorite scent? Some popular favorite scents or fragrances they might have cherished might be lavender, rose, orange blossom, jasmine, or others.
Plant name: Several plants have names that could be used for certain loved ones. For instance, Black Eyed Susan’s for a Sue, Susan, Susie, or Suzanna. You could plant Bachelor Buttons to represent a favorite bachelor uncle. Rose of Sharon (hibiscus) is perfect to remember a Sharon in your life. An expanded list follows later in the book.
A favorite season: Did your loved one have a favorite season, perhaps spring or fall? You could grow plants that symbolize that particular season, such as daffodils for spring or chrysanthemums for fall.
Plant symbolism: Many plants have symbolic meanings attached to them. A few examples are: Rosemary for remembrance, Baby’s Breath for innocence, or Iris for faith, promise in love, or hope. A chapter on the symbolic meaning of plants follows.
Special Circumstances: There may be other special circumstances about your loved one that brings a certain planting scheme to mind. Are they a veteran? If they’re a veteran, or have served in any military branches, plantings of red, white, and blue may be appropriate. Or, perhaps use a selection of yellow flowering plants – to symbolize the ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’ theme.
Flower of the month: Certain flowers represent “flowers of the month”. A list of flowers and months follows. You could choose a plant that represents either their birth month or the month of their angel day.