20/52: mothers’ day memorial garden

Although generally I am pretty good at grammar, I’m never sure whether to put the apostrophe before or after the “s” for this particular day, as it depends if you are talking singular or plural: Mother’s Day if you are only referring to your own mother, but Mothers’ Day for the general populous of female parents.

In this case I am going plural, as last weekend I enlisted my husband’s help to create a memorial garden bed for our mothers. Utilising bricks I had been given (hooray, finally finished clearing them off the path that had been their home for months), we, (meaning he: my design, his labour of love), made a circle for a cast iron birdbath to take pride of place in its centre.

Planning and preparing the area had to be done prior to the planting. My original plan of a three brick radius had to be modified to two, for the available space (and bricks).

initial planning

dig, level and measure

check levels

  ready for planting

hard at work on a labour of love

Then, five azaleas were placed around one side, making another attractive vista from our bedroom window. Three smaller Shirazz azaleas sit adjacent to the others.

Shirazz Azalea

The two white Aline azaleas, one in memory of my darling mother, Elaine, (d. 2001), and the other for my wonderful mother-in-law, (d. 2005), contrasting against the burgundy foliage of the Shirazz, should make a brilliant show in future years.

Aline Azalea

My own children were unavailable that weekend, with one holidaying in the USA and the other working in hospitality, but I know our ♥love♥ is strong. To compensate, I still had my furry boys Shadow and Zorro, and I so appreciate my husband’s labour of love on this project, so it was a lovely day, and a most fitting one to honour our mothers who brought us forth into life.

a fitting tribute to our mothers

P.S. As my own tribute, I decided to start another blog, based on families, relationships and human behaviour, which you can find at princesspoppsychology.wordpress.com.


30/366: elsa karga azalea

The Elsa Karga Azalea is a stunning dark Spanish red azalea with a medium double bloom on a small to medium bush. According to Don Burke, author of “The Lazy Gardener” and celebrity gardener on a now-defunct television show “Burke’s Backyard,” the Elsa Karga is one of the hardest azaleas to grow in Australia.

While mine has now passed into Azalea Heaven, in its heyday it was brilliant, and I was very proud of it, particularly after I had watched that episode and was told it was difficult to grow. I thought I must be a pretty good gardener, but in retrospect I think I was just lucky to have found the right spot for the right plant. That’s very often the secret to good gardening, as I have discovered over the years. Just choose something that thrives in the area you plant it and suddenly you are a “good gardener.”