Grateful 365 Day Twenty-six

The subject of today’s Grateful photo are the flowers that grow in front of our house.  These particular flowers have quite  a history behind them, beginning with my wife, Sue, when she planted them in her Mom’s garden when Sue was 14.  To tell the rest of the story, I now turn it over to Sue…

It was about 4 years after I planted these seeds that we saw the flowers, and Mom was absolutely enthralled with them!  She hurried out to meet me when I came home so she could show me the beautiful flowers that finally made a showing in her flower bed.  Every year, when they would bloom, it would be the same story…Mom would take me out to the flower bed, she would gently take hold of a delicate blossom, and she’d tell me again how I’d planted these for her all those years ago and how much she loved them.

When we bought our current house, Mom thought that it would only be appropriate for me to have some of the seeds from her flowers so that I could plant them in my flower bed.  That first fall, the fall of 2006, I placed the seeds in the ground, along with some Daffodils and Hyacinths.  In the spring, I had some lovely flowers; Bleeding Hearts, Daffodils, Hyacinths, Irises, but no Columbines.  Mom passed away on January 7th, 2008, and still, in that spring, there were no Columbines.  In her honor, I planted a yellow rose, which was her favorite, and assumed that those Columbines would never come up.

Last year, the Columbines made their first appearance, and Jerod and I were delighted!  This year’s blooms are even more magnificent and vibrant than last year, likely due to the tremendous moisture we’ve been blessed with…but Jerod has been literally itching to get a good shot of these, because they are so precious to us both.  And for that, I, too, am Grateful!~Sue


Mama Jane's Columbines

The seeds for these flowers came from Mama Jane's garden and I am Grateful for how they remind me of her.

ISO 200, 20 mm, f/3.8, 1/200 sec


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