RE­MEM­BER­ING MY MUM

NZ Gardener - - Letters -

After be­ing un­well for a short while, my mum passed away in March at the age of 91. Mum was very proud of the un­known va­ri­ety of sweet pea that she grew for 37 years at the end of her ve­ran­dah in the old villa where she lived. I’ve kept the seeds and hope I have as much suc­cess as she did.

She also nur­tured all the monarch co­coons on the trel­lis by the sweet peas, and the day after she passed, there were eight big, beau­ti­ful but­ter­flies just rest­ing there.

Now we have to wait for her dear old house to sell but in the mean­time, we have taken lots of cut­tings from her cot­tage gar­den – gera­ni­ums, Fed­er­a­tion daisies, laven­der, fuch­sias – to name but a few. I’m even go­ing to try and strike a cut­ting from her lovely old pep­per tree.

In June, all her grand­daugh­ters, grand­sons’ wives and I are off to the lo­cal gar­den cen­tre for a catch-up and cof­fee, and to choose a rose each in Mum’s mem­ory. One of her favourite say­ings was, “You’re nearer to God in his gar­den than any­where else on earth”. Denise Fen­wick, TIMARU

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