REMEMBERING MY MUM
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