Friday, March 30, 2012

My Father's Rose Bush

A dear friend gave me a rose bush when my mother died, 10 years ago this month.  She also gave me one to plant after my father died, 9 years this coming August.
Unfortuantely my mother's rose bush wasn't planted in the right spot, I think, and didn't thrive, but the one planted in my father's memory is going strong.

My friend stopped by this week and we were remarking that this little rose bush has held it's own for almost nine years, it is tough and resilient, just as my father was.  It takes a very little bit of care: pruning, feeding and watering, but other than those minor chores, just keeps blooming during the warmer months.

The new buds are blooming and just about every day a new one has opened reminding me that life does truly continue on.

Now, my mother was the one who loved flowers, roses in particular, so I like to think that my father's roses bloom in her memory too, they were married almost 60 years after all.

Thanks to my good friend, Beth, for giving me a lasting reminder of my father and of his sometimes thorny attitude and his persistence in living his life.  But also I remember that he and my mother were wonderful parents when all is said and done.

Off to Tampa for some R & R this weekend.  Hope all of you have great weather and fun times.


Chatty Crone said...

Hope you have a great time in Tampa and I liked the rose from you dad and the memories it brought. sandie

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Will you dig it up at some point?

shohshi said...

A very lovely post. =)
hugs ~ jennifer

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

I think it is very beautiful to plant things in memory of've inspired me to want to this. Lovely post, Ann!

Olive Cooper said...

That is a lovely gift and way to remember them Ann. They were married true "life time."

Orlando Grandma said...

I was enjoying the roses when I stopoped by to drop the card. It looks like great weather for the weekend.

Mr. Connor said...

Very very nice. Some roses live a very long time ~ decades !

black sabeth said...

Hi Aunt Ann!

I remember exactly who you are! My mom was trying to describe you and I actually ended up cutting her off and saying "Yeah mom I know!" It's really great to be reconnected, especially with Wendy!

I know its been a while (I'm horrible at getting on blogger, especially with 6 upper level history classes) but I would love love love any of the vinyl! I would also be willing to pay too. I know a collection can become quite valuable.

Roses are my favorite flower. These are especially beautiful.

I would love to meet your pups sometime!


The Thuglets said...

Your roses are beautiful!
Ee only had one rose bush here years ago and our naughty goats ate it! lol

Have a great weekend
Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Great weather? eh, so-so.

DFW had some horrendous tornadoes. It narrowly missed us. We had some sever thunderstorms w/ hail.
Glad that's over.
Spent the better part of the evening watching the Dean Martin Variety show on dvd with my oldest, her hubby and lil' Aubree (she and I made a cookie cake)
Waiting for the weather to pass.
As for memorial plantings.
I've got my Crepe Myrtle in the back yard, for FIL.
Two- Wisteria bushes- My Mom and Honey's Mom.
your rose bush is beautiful.
glad it gives you such peace and good memories of your parents to see it blooming.
-have a safe trip.