Memories of My Aunt: The Legacy of Her Green Thumb
Memories of My Aunt and Her Green Thumb
I love planting flowers and gardening; so did my Aunt Dot. I guess that's probably who I got my love of growing plants from. I spent countless hours watching and helping my aunt in her garden and flower beds as I was growing up. Sadly, my aunt passed away in December 2012 at the age of 92. This is so hard for me to write; I am crying as I type this. She was such a great person in my life. It was so hard to lose her.
It is now spring, and signs of her handiwork have started popping up out of the ground. She left me more than just memories; I can still see and touch the flowers she planted. They are constant reminders of her, and she left them behind for everyone to enjoy. Let me share some of her favorite flowers with you.
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Iris Close Up
Here is a close up of another favorite iris. It is such a beautiful two tone variety!
Why Aunt Dot Liked Irises
- They are fairly low maintenance. Just divide clumps every three years in late summer or early fall when the blooming and growing season is over.
- They are a good flower choice to withstand our Georgia summer droughts.
- They have big, beautiful, showy blooms.
Irises by the Birdbath
My Aunt loved irises. She planted several kinds in her yard, and here you can see one of her favorites planted at the base of her birdbath, with her little rustic lattice fence along the back of the flower bed. English ivy is twining around and climbing the lattice. Lots of little white star shaped flowers bloom all around them.
Where to Buy Irises Like We Grow in Our Yard
The first two selections are like ones I have pictured that are in our yard, and the rest I hope to add one day. I just love the variety of colors that Irises come in, and they are so easy to grow and maintain. Ours come up year after year and continue to multiply.
This is such a delicate color, and depending on the time of day, and how bright the sun is, it sometimes looks lavender and sometimes it looks light blue!
This iris is on my wish list!
Here is a Video to Help you know how to plant and split Iris bulbs
It's easy to say "Divide every three years," but just how do you do that? This video will help you with the basics of keeping irises healthy and blooming at their best.
Did You Know...
Irises come in many colors, but you won't find them in pure red.
White Azaleas Make a Statement
White Azalea bushes were Dot's choice to plant against the front of her red brick house. The blooms show up quite well against the red, and they are very showy in the early Spring!
What's Great About Azaleas?
Here are some reasons my aunt loved to plant Azaleas.
- They are great foundation plants.
- They bloom early.
- They like shady areas.
- They come in white, yellow, pink, purple and red colors.
How to Get a White Azalea of Your Own
Here you can buy an Azalea just like the ones we have. They are extremely beautiful against a dark background!
Pink Peony Flower
Aunt Dot planted two of these little peony bushes in her yard. The flowers are a gorgeous pink, and they stay beautiful until it rains. Then the blooms get so heavy they will droop to the ground if they are not supported good.
Vinca Minor Ground Cover
Here is Vinca Minor my aunt planted around a large tree. This was an area that wouldn't grow much of anything, until she planted this vine-like ground cover. It has covered the bare earth around the base of this tree in the front yard, and has been growing here over 20 years.
Vinca Minor Blooms Close Up
How to Grow Vinca Minor-Also Known as Periwinkle
Where to Find Periwinkle
This ground cover is very hardy, and we have hummingbirds every year that love it! We also have a hummingbird feeder hanging on a small shepherd's hook underneath this tree, and we get a lot of enjoyment watching the tiny birds get their fill of nectar!
This has been the only thing that would cover the bare ground around the base of our tree in the front yard.
Is There a Green Thumb in Your Family?
My aunt had the green thumb in our family, and she inspired my love of growing plants.
Who in your family has the "greenest" thumb?
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