About six weeks ago Hully my husband who has been doing a Horticulture Course chose as his landscape design Mum’s garden in New Zealand.
Mum has had two beautiful gardens both quite different. The first one was 6 acres and her last one was a much smaller space for her but this was the one we all loved.
We never lived there but it was home. It was where we went to stay for Christmas, and any other time we went home. We looked forward to it, as we knew we were going to see family cousins, aunties, uncles and friends. But it was a place to heal, where stress disappeared, calmness descended and for the time you were in the garden you felt totally at peace.
It also gave us a chance to help Mum do the bigger jobs in the garden.For me it was a time to reconnect with the mountains and the beauty of the place.
So getting back to the job in hand. Hully drew his plan to scale and my job was to look at photos and work out what the names of the plants were and the botanical names so they could be added to the design. She had a lot of plants in her garden but I have learnt the names and cried a lot…
It was such a joy but for me so emotional because I know we will never go there again, to sit on the veranda and look out over the lawn and at the garden, that we will not look out the window and see her practicing her golf putting on the lawn. That we won’t see her out in the rose garden that she loved so much. I loved being there and I miss her and her beautiful healing garden.
I miss the mountains, the lakes and the beauty.
For those of you who have lost loved ones we will always hold them in our hearts but there is no time on when you stop grieving. I am glad Hully did this design Mum would have been so proud of him.
But we are thankful that she had the ability to create such a beautiful space that we as a family all loved.