A gorgeous daylily!
I enjoyed gardening (although I wasn't very good at it) before we lost Evan.
Echinacea purpurea "Purple Cone Flower"
After we lost Evan gardening turned into a sort of therapy for me.
Deutzia gracilis "Duncan"
I created a garden in memory of Evan. It went from a little garden with interesting plant names to an animal garden after suffering flooding of epic proportions in 2009.
A pretty white Hydrangea I picked up in honor of all of my children at Easter last year.
Dahlia "Evan Matthew"
In that first year after Evan's death, I read a comment on a gardening forum about how one could honor a deceased loved one by planting something with the cultivar name of that loved one. I started with Echinacea "Sundown" which is also called "Evan Saul." Then I also purchased Dahlia "Evan Matthew."
Hydrangea serrata "Miranda"
I decided I had to represent the other kiddies in the garden, so I also found Deutzia gracilis "Chardonnay Pearls" also called "Duncan." And I lucked on a beared Iris called "Duncan's Smiling Eyes." And last, but not least I found Hydrangea serrata "Miranda." Gardening hasn't just been therapy (and good exercise), it's also been fun. And a great way to get closer to my mom and sister. So, today I am thankful for having been bitten by the gardening bug.