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Today I began a very special project just for me.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Today was a warm and breezy day. That was good the breeze kept any black flies at bay and it kept me cool as I worked in the yard. emoticon
I got up early and managed to get caught up on my Blog responses DH was not feeling well and he preferred to stay in doors. I had decided I would attempt to prune the Juniper hedges that are beginning to take over the yard. They are really high and so mean with their broken off branches. They managed to draw blood several times but I really want to get this done. emoticon
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We have such a short growing season in Maine. Annuals are just showing up in our greenhouses, I wanted to go to the greenhouse to buy some Clematis. For the last few years I have gone too late to purchase any. Today there was a post on my Blog and I went to the page and there was the perfect Clematis. I thanked the friend and afterwards I added “BUY A CLEMATIS” to our grocery list.
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Now that I have pruned back the junipers I can set up the new garden area that I have wanted for a long time. emoticon
In 1975 the Nation’s Bicentennial celebrations were being planned. My mother visited from England. I was president of a junior Women’s’ club and we were planting a bicentennial forest in our capital city where we live, Augusta Maine.
To raise funds we sold BLUE SPRUCE saplings provided to us to sell in the community. Mother and I bought saplings and we intended to plant them in the back yard. Our days were really full I had three small sons and DH was always at work so I drove mother and grandkids to see the Maine sights then we went home to make dinner and get the kids to bed. Towards the end of her visit mother reminded me we needed to plant the trees. She had them in a bucket and she made sure they were always watered. I went outside with her and the two of us decided just where they should go. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Mother rounded up the boys and together the four of them planted the trees. By the time I was back out the tiny twigs were in the ground and the boys were hosing each other. They had a great time after the trees were planted. emoticon
Mother went home and we made plans for the following year, she would return and wanted her DH to come with her for the
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That never happened. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Mother was injured in a works accident and she died later that year.
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DH and I went home and had to leave the boys in Maine. We arrived one week before she died and she had actually regained consciousness after 64 days in a coma. One week later she died. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
DH and I returned to Maine at the end of October to snow. It was a real Maine winter lots of deep snow. emoticon
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In the Spring I went looking for my Mothers Spruce trees. One survived and that tree is where I have made a flower garden around it. That was why I pruned the junipers. Just because I love that tree. It is like the headstone she never had.
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I spent this morning making a border around the tree and tomorrow I am going to buy the annuals I want in emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon there. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You must realize the tree was planted in 1975 so it is quite a sizable tree by now. I am really looking forward to getting this ready so it will be blooming all summer long and I hope it will be very colorful.
HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    Your blog brought tears to my eyes...
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    2251 days ago
    emoticon emoticon it will be wonderful when finished. Hope you will take pictures to share.

    We have had a lot of rain, the weather calls for more rain and be prepared to wear rubber boots or snow boots becase the temperature was all over the place.

    Happy gardening. emoticon emoticon emoticon from emoticon
    2251 days ago
  • TERRI289
    I iknow that your mother must have been wonderful-miss her even though I never met her.

    2252 days ago
    What a Beautiful Memory...And something to keep that memory front and center.
    2252 days ago
    Pat, such wonderful memories. There is a tree in our yard that had been planted by the previous owners. It was Jacob's tree for a young boy that had died too soon. I've always taken care of it even though I never knew him.

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    2253 days ago
    What a beautiful story. When hubby was very young he found a juniper in the woods. He and his mom planted it just outside their kitchen window. When we met, the juniper was much taller and perfect in shape. I first thought it was a blue spruce because of its color and perfect shape. His mother loved that tree. She would sit at the kitchen table and daydream while looking at the tree. I would love to see the tree with border and garden. Carol
    2253 days ago
    Pat, what great memories. To be able to look out and see your Mothers gift to you. Enjoy.
    2253 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I can smell your yard..mmmmm....
    2253 days ago
    Awwwww . . . such a cherished memory. Thank you for sharing it.

    2253 days ago
    Neat story. Pictures of the bloom would be appreciated - agree with LITTLEWIND53. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2253 days ago
    I planted a cherry tree by my house when my own mom passed away,Pat and it's almost as tall as the house now.That was 19 years ago.
    Your yard is beautiful,and I know you take a lot of pleasure in it. It sure shows. Please give that lovely man of your a big hug and we're hoping he feels better soon.
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    2253 days ago
    Beautiful blog with some great memories - thank you for sharing!
    2253 days ago
    I would love to see your garden and especially your mother's tree. I hope Fred is feeling well today. emoticon

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    2253 days ago
    Yay for the tree in your yard for mom! Your yard sounds beautiful, Pat. I'm not much of a gardener. I'd love to, but with my commute, I wouldn't be able to give the yard the attention. It's on my list of retirement hobbies.
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    2253 days ago
    It was really windy here too and need to trim my yews which are out of control.

    Our last frost date is April 15 but we often have frosts after that. They don't recommend planting much here until then.

    I love clematis too and don't have one.

    I love your memorial garden to your mother. I have one too and now will have one for my MIL. I love Blue spruces.
    2253 days ago
    What a nice memory of your mom! You got a lot done yesterday---I did not! ;) The weather was beautiful-hot, even. Today is more of the same. I want to get in a walk and then do some cleaning. I cleaned my porch this weekend and would prefer to sit in the glider and read but the cleaning must be done first!!! Hope DH is feeling better!
    2253 days ago
    Hi Pat, that was so sad but so sweet at the same time. Glad you have that special memory. It is so nice to think back on those precious moments. HUGS, Terry
    2253 days ago
    What a nice memory of your mother. My neighbors next door have an apple tree that the neighborhood gave them after the death of their son. It was always very special fot them.
    It is still too early here for us to put out our annuals. We can still get frost. Hope you have a good day. Sue
    2253 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Thank you for sharing you blog with us. You will have a beautiful yard and garden when you are done with it. It will be worth it. You will get a lot of enjoyment from it. Enjoy the outdoors to . God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.
    2253 days ago
    Wood love to see pictures when it's all planted.

    It is so wonderful how you are always finding things to do to make your home and garden so welcoming and hold such memories.

    Hope you have a great day and find all the plants you are looking for......
    2253 days ago
    I would love to see pictures of your flowers around the spruce.
    2253 days ago
    What a lovely blog thank you for sharing your memories with us. It is wonderful to have such a treasured place still connected to your Mother.

    2253 days ago
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