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Your Life Story in Your Garden: Plants From People and Places, Plants to Evoke Memories, Plants Which Tell a Story

Updated on September 11, 2018
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Ann has a varied interest in nature and wildlife, likes to share information & experiences which she regards as interesting &/or important.

Bright Memories of a Dear Friend

Pat's Azalea
Pat's Azalea | Source

New Garden, New Growth

On 29th February 2016, I bought a house. We moved into it on 12th April 2017 as we'd sold the old one and had to move out, even though this one wasn’t quite ready. To cut to the chase, it needed work, boy did it need work! Civilisation has now returned, our temporary home, the caravan, is being used for storage and my garden is taking shape.

I must tell you that I am no gardener. I have no knowledge of Latin names for any floral or arboreal species. I neglected my previous, slabbed garden. Now I can’t wait to plan the borders, plant them out, sow seeds and tend grass in my new one.

’So what happened?’ I hear you ask.

This house happened; this wonderful bungalow I fell in love with as soon as I saw it, even in it’s dilapidated state, overgrown, dirty and in need of buckets of TLC.

Delving into the Past

Why did I fall in love with it? Because:

  • I grew up in one almost identical,
  • I love trees & greenery,
  • I love peace and tranquility,
  • I love privacy,

and this is the last dwelling in a dead-end, tucked neatly into a triangular corner plot with a ditch and a line of willows next door!

Bungalows: Where I Grew Up and Where I am Now

I lived here from the age of 4 to 15; a great childhood with fond memories (Hurstpierpoint, Sussex)
I lived here from the age of 4 to 15; a great childhood with fond memories (Hurstpierpoint, Sussex) | Source
I now live here; work in progress! (Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset)
I now live here; work in progress! (Burnham-On-Sea, Somerset) | Source

A Passion for Photography

Apart from writing, another passion of mine is photography. So naturally I’ve been snapping away in my garden, to record my horticultural progression. I took the following photo of plants lined up on the old bench ready for their rightful places in my plans. As soon as I looked at the downloaded print I thought, ‘Those plants have a story to tell.’

So I'll tell you about those first, then go back in time to a few favourite flowers and their place in my garden.

Bench Full of Stories

Spruce, Jew's Mallow, Forsythia, Holly
Spruce, Jew's Mallow, Forsythia, Holly | Source

Fir Tree

The small fir tree on the left was found in France. You can see the fresh pale green shoots indicating a healthy growth. I think it's a Spruce Fir, as in Christmas Trees, but please correct me if I'm wrong.

As we travel around France, my partner keeps an eye out for small shoots of trees, always where there are plenty and often on camp sites. We have several species. This one comes from our favourite camp site, in Brittany. We are now great friends with the owner and his wife; hopefully they will visit us some time next year.

I decided to plant this one by the front wall; on practical terms it will fill a gap in the hedge which provides a wind break, much needed when the south-westerly comes blasting off the sea! I'm not generally a great fan of firs however the contrast of pale and dark needles is decorative and I find myself drifting off to Christmases past. I'll have to keep an eye on it, in case it decides to dwarf the hedge or tries to look into the loft window!

Jew's Mallow

This plant has fluffy golden yellow flowers like pom-poms, grows really quickly, always has some greenery and flowers from Spring until mid-Autumn. It's great for hiding eye-sores such as water-butts or drainpipes. This splash of sunshine lifts the spirits on a dull day and the flowers nod agreement all day long.

According to wikipedia Jew's Mallow 'is a common name which can refer to:

  • Corchorus olitorius in the mallow family (Malvaceae), cultivated for its edible leaves and jute fiber
  • Kerria japonica in the rose family (Rosaceae), cultivated as an ornamental'

Mine, therefore, must be the Japonica (from Japan). I suppose it does have a resemblance to the rose.

I didn't know its name and had difficulty finding it online. I sent a photo of it to an old friend who's good at these things, thinking 'if she can't tell me, no-one will'. She couldn't! However, she persevered with several ideas and came up with the answer. So not only is this plant pretty and practical, it also reminds me of my good friend, a lady who, as head of department, was instrumental in getting me the job I enjoyed for 14 years before retirement, teaching dyslexics in a mediaeval manor house in Somerset; lots of great memories working together, still a good friend, and her husband makes fantastic curries!

Jews' Mallow

Pretty pom-pom petals
Pretty pom-pom petals | Source
The Leaf
The Leaf | Source
Hiding the water-butt
Hiding the water-butt | Source


Forsythia is another plant with bright yellow flowers. It also grows quickly. Its thick foliage and strong branches make a great hedge; don't let it get out of hand as it can take over! It is part of the Olive family and is named after William Forsyth, a Scottish botanist and horticulturist (1737–1804) who was a founding member of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Many moons ago, in a previous life, my garden was backed by such a hedge and gave us a good deal of privacy. I loved the colour - another splash of sunshine - and the memory of it brings back the Hampshire countryside, me taking part in car rallies around Sussex and Hampshire having lots of fun, driving or marshalling or merely spectating. They were good times.

Vibrant Yellow Flowers

Forsythia flower.  Forsythia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae (olive family).
Forsythia flower. Forsythia is a genus of flowering plants in the family Oleaceae (olive family). | Source


More than 20 years ago, I spent some time in Wales. The love of my life, who lived in the beautiful countryside inland from Cardigan, had a holly tree perched on a bank near the lane. That small holly bush was taken to England and ended up in the last house before this present bungalow. As it was much better established by the time we moved, we decided to leave it.

However, several holly saplings had been garnered from sites in England and in France, so we now have several to plant here. One is already near the Forsythia, to be kept as a small bush and others will be transferred to pots and strategically placed to stop our visitors over-running the hardstanding in front of the bungalow and diving into the grass.

So these hollies have travelled well and remind me fondly of times in Wales, times which have rippled over the years and gently wash over us here.

The Holly, of course, is also part of Christmas and that rôle alone gives it a high status.

Green and Red Leaves on the young Holly

Found in France, Settled in Somerset, Growing Strong, Shiny & Sharp!
Found in France, Settled in Somerset, Growing Strong, Shiny & Sharp! | Source

Flowers of my Youth

Primroses and Bluebells:

My parents and I used to go for walks across the South Downs in Sussex and into woods and open fields. There were dusky blue carpets of bluebells in the woods and a splash of the softest yellow on hillsides and banks. They lifted my heart.

We were allowed to pick them then, not realising that we would be contributing to their decline. It's illegal to do so now, quite rightly, and, as predicted, there are fewer to be seen. The bluebell is also threatened by the Spanish variety so it's doubly important to be aware. Our native species is associated with ancient woodland so is doubly precious.

My primroses come from my partner's field in Wales; they are the wild, indigenous variety so they have that delicate pale yellow which, like bluebells, gives a carpet of colour. They hug the ground and can transform a bank from green to yellow in a couple of days; magical!

Marguerites (Argyranthemum):

When I was a little girl, every time we travelled, especially on holiday in a hired car (luxury!), for mile after mile the roadsides were covered with Marguerites, those tall, smiley-faced white daisies bobbing hello to us as we passed. I loved them. Sadly, these days many have disappeared, probably because of pollution or being grubbed up for wider roads. I had to have some in my garden so that I can see them every year without going anywhere!


Such pretty little blue, unassuming dots of flowers! Many regard them as weeds; I fell in love with the name years ago and they have always occupied each garden my Mum grew and tended. They seem to have come back into fashion, especially as a flower to leave as a tribute to a deceased friend or someone who is leaving to travel far away. I have planted several clumps.


The flower of remembrance, poppies grew through the mud of Flanders Fields, Normandy, in WW1. They were seen in fields all over our local farms and when we travelled, especially through Wiltshire. Despite being a reminder of sad times, they are such jaunty red flowers that you can't help but smile. Some have large petals, some smaller, some can be a pinky-mauve. I love them all but especially the large red armies of them stretching to many a horizon.

Hazy Carpet of Bluebells

Forest Floor of Bountiful Bluebells
Forest Floor of Bountiful Bluebells | Source

Flowers evoke Memories

Wild Primrose
Wild Primrose | Source
Marguerites: slender, bobbing daisies
Marguerites: slender, bobbing daisies | Source
How could anyone forget this flower - the Forget-me-Not - with its soft predominantly blue petals?
How could anyone forget this flower - the Forget-me-Not - with its soft predominantly blue petals? | Source
Vibrant Red Poppy...
Vibrant Red Poppy... | Source
...and Pinky-Mauve
...and Pinky-Mauve | Source

... and There's More!


Daffodils are a symbol of Spring. Their nodding heads, waxy petals and tall, slender stems, make me think of determination - they break through the frosty soil, sometimes through snow, but they have the ability to lie dormant until the sun returns. When I plant them, it's always in a large number together, so I have dense displays in every corner of the garden that can't fail to catch the eye. They are one of the symbols of Wales (along with the leek) and are worn by the Welsh on March 1st, St David' day. They are also in bloom around my birthday in early May, so I feel that they're celebrating with me - bright and sunny to make me smile.


These delicate pale blue, sometimes darker, flowers are shrouded in a lacy collar, hence the 'mist'. I've loved these prettiest of flowers since I saw them in our garden in our first bungalow. My mother loved them; she had an artist's eye for balancing colour and stature in the landscape.


Another of my mother's favourites, the flowers have a depth of blue you can lose yourself in. Seen in a cornfield, it's as though the earth has been brushed with a textured blue wash. It makes your heart leap; a bit like a field of poppies but more subtle.


It was coming up to Mothers' Day, I was about 15. Mum had been saying how much she liked the tall slender beauty of delphiniums. I was on a bicycle ride when I saw a seedling tray of them in the village garden shop. I bought the whole tray with my pocket money, balanced it over my basket and handlebars, and rode home. The smile of surprise and delight was the best thank you ever! I bought some seeds the other day, planted them near the back fence and I'm waiting with baited breath to see their miraculous emergence from the soil. Every time I look at them my Mum's smile will be there.

These stately plants are also known as Larkspur.

Dancing Daffodils
Dancing Daffodils | Source
Love-in-a-Mist, flowers in a delicate halo
Love-in-a-Mist, flowers in a delicate halo | Source
Deep blue Cornflowers
Deep blue Cornflowers | Source
Gorgeous display of the Delphinium, otherwise known as Larkspur
Gorgeous display of the Delphinium, otherwise known as Larkspur | Source


The magnolia pictured had pride of place in my garden two houses ago (another bungalow in fact!). The flowers are exotic, beautiful, but sadly disappear far too quickly in a strong wind. I have one planted at the front here, down in a dip to protect it from the wind off the sea, or so I thought; it's not happy but I'm hoping it will become acclimatised as it grows stronger.

Some have the most delicate pink flower, some a deep purple and often there are two shades to the petals. Every time I see them it lifts my heart and reminds me of a wonderful time which included my job teaching dyslexics. I chose the bungalow to be near to school and was able to cycle there most days.

I celebrated my 50th birthday there and my loyal friends danced round the May Pole in the back garden! Great memories!

Magnolias and May Poles

Magnolia Centre Piece
Magnolia Centre Piece | Source
Successful plaiting round the May Pole
Successful plaiting round the May Pole | Source


I'm not an ardent fan of roses but before you cry 'shame, shame!' I should say that I do love the English Country Garden type of rose which ages with grace and looks just as good as it fades.

I do have five different roses. One was already here and is that very English garden rose I love; the others are varied and are ones given to me by my partner or friends. Each reminds me of a specific person or persons, along with when and why it was given to me or to us. Roses do reflect love and therefore should have a place in anyone's garden.

The red rose here was brought a few weeks ago by great Welsh friends of ours travelling in their camper-van. With no spare room to put up anyone at the moment, we have plenty of room for them to park the camper and so they have a free camp site whenever they want. They are fans of our town too as there is some family history connected to a hotel and a house on the sea front. There is always lively conversation and frequent laughs in their company and they are also old friends of Pat (mentioned above and below) and her husband who have made use of our drive with their own camper-van. Her husband still does, often along with these friends.

Roses are Red.. Yellow.. Pink...

Red, Red Rose, given recently by our good friends from Wales
Red, Red Rose, given recently by our good friends from Wales | Source
Country Garden Pink Rose
Country Garden Pink Rose | Source


Lavender has been present in my family's garden ever since I can remember. Pale or dark, the flowers are a joy and the perfume is exquisite. Just pinch a head in your fingers and the aroma stays with you for a while - but watch for bees as lavender is a favourite for them and they're not always easy to see!

Also a practical plant, you can collect the dry seeds from the stem and make lavender bags, wonderful to keep clothes fresh or to hang in a bedroom or bathroom. That way you enjoy the benefits outdoors and in!

My mother loved them and so do I; I have several plants in pots and a couple in the ground. No garden of mine would be complete without them.

Lovely Lavender

Deep colour, deep scent
Deep colour, deep scent | Source

Pat's Azalea

You’ve already seen the beautiful azalea above. Our friends Pat and Steve visited us regularly and had fortunately been to our new house. Sadly Pat, a kind, vivacious and humorous lady, died in February 2017. From diagnosis to her final days was so swift, it was difficult to believe when we were told she had gone, even though we knew it wouldn’t be long. It is still difficult to believe and any conversation regarding her and her husband brings us up short realising that she will never be with us again, at least not in body; always in spirit though.

Early in the year, when first deciding on plants for my garden, I asked Pat, our gardening guru, for ideas regarding something colourful for the Summer. Her knowledge of plants was wide-ranging, including all those Latin names! She recommended azaleas for an uplifting splash of zing. So azaleas it would be.

Her funeral was in March, in Wales near their home. On the way back to the house we popped to the shops to buy some wine and a few other things. What should be outside the main door but some plants, including a few fine-looking, budding azaleas. We chose a vibrant pink one. It lived in a pot until the end of May and is now planted in a position for all to see. Pat’s azalea takes pride of place; you can see it in the photo below.

Far from making us feel sad, the sight of these sizzling flowers brings a smile to our faces and a feeling that she’s visiting once more.

Dog, Frog and Hedgehog

Garden Guardians
Garden Guardians | Source

Guardians Set in Stone

Garden ornaments are not on my 'must-have' list and I definitely do not like garden gnomes. However, I've acquired some pets of which I'm fond; a dog, a frog and a hedgehog.

The dog was found outside on the road of our bungalow where the magnolia was. He remained by our gate for a while but as no one claimed him, we gave him a good home. We decided someone going home from the pub had nicked him, thought better of it, and downloaded him en route.

The frog was left at our previous house which was near water so seemed appropriate. We have a ditch at the side so he'll be happy. I think he's really a toad but that doesn't rhyme with dog and hedgehog, so he stays as Mr Frog, though I suppose he could be Mr Toad of Toad Hall (in case you don't know he's the comic turn in 'The Wind in the Willows' by Kenneth Grahame).

The hedgehog was already here, along with lots of plastic friends which have been found new homes! He has a family of several miniatures too so we're happy for them to stay.

So they too have a story. They live on the wall, lords of all they survey!

Perennial Work in Progress

This is still a work in progress. It will never be finished. Plants will grow, be rearranged to suit, be added to. My garden will reflect my life. The best thing about it is that I shall grow with it and in that growing I shall have my memories at a glance, happy times and sad, yes, but all will make me smile as I see all those people I’ve loved along the way.

Coming Together, Back and Front

Back Garden Progress
Back Garden Progress | Source
Hydrangea Bush, came with the house!
Hydrangea Bush, came with the house! | Source
Lobelia, some Potted, some Planted
Lobelia, some Potted, some Planted | Source


So this labour of love ends up being a storytelling, an alternative to writing, a visual record of particular times, events and people in my life. It's an instant multiple memo which makes me glad; a reminder of family, friends, events and places.

There is much more yet for my garden to tell - I wonder who will work out the significance in years to come.

Sources (ref. Forsythia)

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    • annart profile imageAUTHOR

      Ann Carr 

      19 months ago from SW England

      Three keys: Thank you very much for your lovely comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this and your visit is much appreciated.


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      Ann Carr 

      19 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Glenis. We had the same and I loved it. We performed at the local fete.


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      Ann Carr 

      19 months ago from SW England

      Thanks Devika. Sorry I missed your comment. Hope you are well.


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      19 months ago

      Lovely lovely hub.

      It made me green.

      I hope to create a garden of memories by scent, when I can. I dont know why it took me years and years to learn that beautiful bubblegum perfume belonged to that unassuming Port Wine Magnolia plant.

      I loved the array of colours you brought through your flower images.

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      19 months ago from UK

      Lovely hub Ann. Thank goodness spring is on the horizon and we can soon be outside tending our gardens.

      I too trod the Primrose path and tramped through the woods carpeted with bluebells. Rarely see a wild primrose nowadays.

      Your picture of the Maypole reminded me of junior school, where we were taught maypole dancing, along with other country dances like Strip the Willow. On May Day the little girls all wore white dresses and the boys white shirts to perform for our parents. Oh, for the lost days of childhood. Sigh.

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      Devika Primić 

      2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Ann, lovely photos and you shared great memories.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thanks Jackie! My favourites tend to change with the seasons; all plants have their own charm and nature's colours are phenomenal. Lovely to see you today.


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      Jackie Lynnley 

      2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love in a Mist are my favorite up there but all beautiful photos. My favorite past time too and so hard to pick a favorite.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Wow, Dolores! 100 years; that must be some kind of record. How wonderful! You obviously have lots of memories in your garden too.

      Thanks for reading and leaving such an interesting comment.

      Good to see you today.


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      Dolores Monet 

      2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the concept of adding meaning to a garden like this. I have a mint that has been passed around the family for over 100 years as well as achillia from my husband's grandfather. Other plants came from friends.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hello Martie! I've looked at those photos and I see what you mean. Essentially 'bungalow' refers to a one-storey home so that fits I suppose!

      Thanks for the comments. It's a good idea to keep a scrapbook about plants in a garden; I guess my photos are my scrapbook. I have snippets of info too.

      Hope life's good with you!


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      Martie Coetser 

      2 years ago from South Africa

      So interesting that you call those kind of houses 'bungalows'. In South Africa a bungalow looks like this - (see the photos) -

      Currently I am neglecting my garden, but I remember the times I was as enthusiastic as you are now.

      I loved the photos in here. They, too, aroused memories of me maintaining a scrapbook with photos and info about the plants in my garden.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      I totally understand that, Jo. It is good for relaxation and I just enjoy pottering about - I love the feeling of being 'properly' tired if you know what I mean! Our project will come to an end when the loft is converted (part us, part others for the more physical bits) but the garden will go on and that's the bit I feel happy with.

      Thanks for reading and for your interesting input. Enjoy your heaven on earth! It sounds wonderful.


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      Jo Miller 

      2 years ago from Tennessee

      Several years ago, my husband and I built our house here in Tennessee. We did some of the construction ourselves, and worked and worked on our land, taking advantage of the native plants here but also adding many, many flowers. It has been one of the best experiences of my life and I am living your venture vicariously. Nest building, I have read, is one of the best stress relievers around. Enjoy your project. Ours is getting a bit much for us to manage now that we are aging, so we may downsize some day, but this is as close to heaven on earth as I have found.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Mike. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the welcome. I love it here and hopefully will have much longer to add to the garden!


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      2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Ann - This was quite nice to read. Gathering your memories and planting them in your new garden has such a imaginative appeal. Welcome to your new home.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Go for it Glenis! Thanks for popping back.


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      2 years ago from UK

      Great minds think alike, Ann. I'm hanging my nose over Pretty blue bistro set at the moment and I feel my resolve not to spend any more on the garden crumbling ☀️

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Catherine, for your kind remarks. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Yes, we have a table and benches and I plan to have a couple more tables with two chairs in separate little corners where we can sit when we wish to - in the shade when necessary. In fact, we often sit outside for a drink or even for lunch. If the weather's good enough in the summer we eat outside with visitors in the evening.

      I'm happy I've given you some inspiration and some ideas.


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      Catherine Giordano 

      2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      What a lovely journey through your garden. I could imagine my self walking along side you as you pointed out the various plants and told their story. Is there a place in your garden to sit and enjoy a cup of tea?

      I live in Florida with year-round sunshine. So I could have a garden in bloom year round. Sad to say, I have neglected my garden of late. You have inspired me to get out into the garden and make it beautiful. I'm going to carefully reread your essay and make a list of flowers to look for in the garden store.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Audrey, for your kind comments. I'm glad you enjoyed this and it's good to see you pop by.


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Yes, Alun, I do see those. Like you, I prefer the wild and indigenous plants and love to see the bees, butterflies etc making the most of them. I like the fact that you have a list of everything you want in your garden - good for you! It takes time to see these through but I'm sure you'll manage it and then you'll have a garden to enjoy for ever, reminding you of all those precious places, people and times.

      Thanks very much for dropping by and taking the time to add your input; much appreciated.


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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Being the flower lover that I am I must thank you for this informative and delightful hub. The photos are wonderful. How clever of you to combine the garden with one's life story. Thanks Ann.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      2 years ago from Essex, UK

      I'm an obsessive database compiler Ann and not only do I have a record of every plant in my garden / house, but I also have a rather too long list of every plant I've lost, and every plant that I can remember from my parents' old garden - the reason is because I would one day like to have them all again in my current garden. Like you, I believe such plants bring strong memories and emotions with them.

      The other thing that characterises my garden is that I like to know the names of all the plants, and as I tend to go for true species as opposed to cultivated varieties, I also like to know where in the world they come from. It's a bit like bringing back souvenirs from a holiday abroad - it's just nice to have a little bit of Australia, or Japan, or Greece or Turkey, growing in your own garden!

      Of your plants, the Kerria is very familiar to me, and I like all the wild flowers - primroses, cornflowers, poppies etc - growing those can be valuable for wildlife too.

      But the stories are as important as anything else. Yours add poignancy - I particularly like the reminiscence about the Delphiniums, and it seems that when you go into your garden, you don't just see colour and beauty; you also see your life and loved ones. Alun

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Glenis! Lovely to hear about your own 'garden' memories, especially regarding your father. I love the silver birch; we had one in a previous garden but there is no room for one here as it would vie with the willows in the ditch next door! They shimmer and whisper so beautifully, don't they?

      Thank you, I'm sure I'll have lots of happy memories here. My grandchildren already like to visit (probably to do with the two-minute walk to the beach!) and they love to play in the garden.


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      2 years ago from UK

      Hello Ann. Good to see that you are now in the new home and making progress with your garden. I so agree that the garden is a wonderful place to remember people and happy times. My father's passion was gardening and I have many plants that he gave to me over the years. I feel very close to him when I am working in my garden, and particularly cherish the David Austen rose that, at the age of 89, he make a special trip to the nursery to get for me shortly before he passed away. I also have a silver birch that was given to me by colleagues as a parting gift when I left a job that I loved. It is now so tall that I had to get the tree surgeon in last year to cut it back. I hope that you build many happy memories in your new home

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hello Lori! Thank you for your kind comments. It's interesting to hear which plants thrive in other places too. I've never been so interested in gardening until now and it's becoming a passion. I've always loved flowers and loved our gardens whilst I was growing up. Now I can get my grandchildren to help me with some of this one, choosing their own plants.

      Must read your hubs too; I seem to be for ever playing catch-up but I will make the time!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      RTalloni: Lovely to see you here; it's a while since we corresponded and I know I have some of your hubs to catch up on.

      I appreciate your great comments. Yes, Burnham is a great place; a bit oldie-worldie, quite a slow pace of life and beautiful scenery to go with it all - I couldn't wish for more.

      Best wishes!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Linda! Glad you enjoyed this and thank you for your lovely comments and wishes for my new home. I actually feel as though I've come home; one, because of the bungalow like the old one and two, because I used to live not far from here with my daughter and parents and those were happy times on the beach and taking long walks.

      Great to see you here today! I must catch up on your articles too!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      MizBejabbers: Glad I brought back some memories and it's good that we share the same favourites. That magnolia is the one in a previous garden which is why I wanted another one here. I believe it's also called a Tulip Magnolia here, for obvious reasons when one looks at the petals I suppose.

      Lovely to learn about your plants there too. Yes, those need quite a bit of water here too, especially as we have quite a lot of wind off the sea. A few weeks ago there were 3 days of constant wind and many leaves were burnt, even on the willow trees beside us.

      Thanks for popping by to read and comment; much appreciated.


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hello Dora! I'm really looking forward to when this garden matures. It already has some older plants in it but it will be my version and my memories that predominate. It'll also change with the seasons which I love. As you've guessed, I love everything about this house and garden and the area in which I live.

      The green hedge wasn't in that garden when I lived there with Mum & Dad and there was no garage either; however, it still looks like home (we were the first owners so I still see it as 'mine'!).

      Lovely to see you here today, Dora! My best to you.


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, Linda, for your lovely comments and your interesting input. Yes, food does the same thing and music and sites and sounds - amazing how things jog our memories!

      Yes, I'll update this when things progressed more.

      I appreciate your visit & I'll be reading your hubs which I must catch up on!


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      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      This was just delightful. Most of the plants you listed are grown here in Washington state. I love flowers and you gave us a floral feast. Thanks.

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      2 years ago from the short journey

      Gardens can be so inspiring. This neat approach to a hub of sharing your plant ponderings, wrapped up with thoughts about growth, is a history filled-read for future generations to hold on to. Though every place has its merits the name Burnham-on-Sea seems a lovely place to make a garden and write about it!

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is such a lovely article, Ann. The beauty of the flowers and the sharing of your memories related to them is a wonderful combination. I enjoyed reading the article and looking at the photos a great deal. Good luck in your new home.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago from Beautiful South

      Ann, your plants are so lovely and bring back memories to me, probably because of our family’s Scottish roots. We share a lot of pleasure in the same plants, like bachelor buttons, daffodils and forsythias. You mention fields of certain flowers and flowers along roadsides, and we have many of those here in our mid-south gardens, but ours must be carefully cultivated. My guess is that many of these plants do not do well in our hot southern climate without a lot of water and TLC.

      Your magnolia looks so healthy and lovely. Here we call it a tulip magnolia to distinguish it from the large heavy Southern magnolia with its waxy leaves and big white flowers. Roses are my favorite flower, but then it should be. My middle name is Rose. Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot from you today.

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      The beauty of your garden at first glance will still not be as important as the beauty you experience in it a few years from now. You're set to enjoy this, I can tell. By the way, I like that green hedge in the picture of the childhood home. Best to you in your new garden!

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Ann, like food flowers also have a story. Each blossom, scent, and color reminds us of where we were when we first saw them and (perhaps) who we were with. I love that you have such wonderful tales of the flowers you have chosen for your new home.

      I can tell that already it gives you much happiness; I pray you have many years and are rewarded with beauty as your garden grows and matures. Thank you for sharing this journey with us. I look forward to seeing photos of your "work in progress".

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you so much, bill, for the compliment regarding the concept and title; that means a lot to me. And a brilliant from you!!

      I'm hoping it will get more people looking out over their gardens and conjuring up memories.

      Have a thriving Tuesday, bill!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hi Eric! Thank you for saying I've reminded you that gardening is a pleasure. I must admit sometimes it feels like too much hard work but I am spurred on by the final beauty of it all.

      Did you mean pebble?!

      Good to see you today. I must pop over to yours as I have neglected you lately and time is no excuse. I have to cultivate friendships too.


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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oddly, that house looks a great deal like the home I grew up in. Talk about a flashback of memories.

      Anyway, I loved this...loved the I'm looking out on our yard and thinking of all the memories staring back at me.

      Brilliant...just the concept of the article is brilliant....

      Well done, my friend.


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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The beauty that we are handed on a silver tray from mother earth must be so cherished as you have reminded me here. After reading this I will not attack my gardening anew but rather be refreshed by each peddle.

      Thank you for reminding me that our flowers are not chores to be taken care of but to treasure and hold in each moment.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thank you, John, for your lovely comment. I wasn't intentionally looking for a similar one; fate decided!

      Glad to hear your place is coming together. I'm sure the outside of a house is just as important as the inside. I sympathise regarding the ongoing restoration! Bon courage!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hi Flourish!

      Thank you. I enjoy it so much more than I ever did; it seems I tend to go for the blues and the yellows which are complimentary colours on the spectrum!

      Thanks for your visit today!


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      Ann Carr 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Hello Demas: Thank you for your kind comment. It does look like a bicycle! It's actually an aerial next to an air vent coming out of the roof. That gave me a laugh!

      Good to see you today.


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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Congratulations on finding a home so like the one you grew up in, Ann. What ba wonderful story your plants can tell. Great hub. Thanks for sharing. The established garden in the house we bought recently was also one of the selling points, even though the house needed quite a bit of restoration..some ongoing.

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      2 years ago from USA

      What a lovely approach to gardening! Your childhood and current home do look quite similar and I'm sure with your plantings you'll have the place spiffied up just how you want it. I have always enjoyed the cornflowers and particularly that color blue/purple.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Out of curiosity, is that a bike, or part of a bike, on the roof near the chimney?

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      2 years ago

      I must be early in the game. This Hub is too lovely and memorable to be without comments for long!


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