As many of you know, this blog was created to honor my Mother’s memory. Today, May 5, would have been here 83rd birthday. Her sweet and giving spirit was her trademark! She freely and generously gave her garden gifts to everyone in our community for receptions, weddings, and church services. She even packed up literally dozens of her gorgeous roses on a Greyhound Bus, and sent them on a 12 hour trek to Dothan from Pontotoc, Mississippi, on one occasion when I was having a party at my house.! It was not usual for her to travel from north Mississipi to the Mississippi Gulf Coast with roses to make arrangements for medical meeting convention dinners that she attended with my Dad. Her courageous thiry year fight with a rare, autoimmune disease known as scleroderma failed to slow her down until just the last 1 1/2 years of her life. Although she rarely talked about her physical challenges, gardening and floral design were here therapies.
A familiar scene as Mother loaded her garden roses to transport to a dinner, wedding or other special event. My Daddy even had custom racks made for her car trunk to help keep them intact on the journey!
Below are a couple of arrangements I did using the roses they arrived on the Greyhound!
Below are more captivating arrangements she designed…
Pictured below is my Mother, two sisters, my niece and me at the 1996 bridesmaids’ luncheon for my younger sister, Patti, in Memphis.
“Remembering people is how we keep them alive.” -Rick Bragg