Sunday, July 6, 2008

Remembering Ivy Rose

Today, 120 years ago, my grandmother, Ivy Rose(Scotchbrook)Taylor, was born in Morrison, Illinois. I've been thinking about her all day and realized that she along with my mom and her dad, Grandpa Curtis, is responsible for my loving flowers so much. Gammy, as we kids called her, would take me out for a garden stroll and show me all her pretty flowers. Grandpa Curtis, on the other hand, would take me into his garden and quiz me about its contents. And Mom would encourage me to grow things from seeds and even planted the little tree that I once brought home from camp. Many of the plants in our yard were chosen with these dear folks in mind.
Tree Roses
This is the view from our bedroom window and also from the family room. The tree roses were added when we landscaped our backyard about ten years ago. The smaller middle one isn't the original as it snapped off in a wind storm several years ago. Last year we replaced the bushes beneath them with a variety of flowers, and I think it looks much better.
Rhododendron
Rhodies are our state flower, and we have several in our yard. This one bloomed the best it ever has this spring....must have been all that rain we had!
Gloxinia
This plant was given to me as a thank you for volunteering at the UW hospital. I wonder how long I can keep it alive!
Foxglove
This foxglove is one of several that I grew from seed last summer. They bloomed for the first time this year and will probably come back next year.
Astilbe
This is a new addition under the tree roses. I have a darker one out front that my dad gave us, but I fell in love with the color of this one and just had to bring it home! Colorful flowers grow well here in the Pacific Northwest, and they bring a lift to the spirits when the skies are grey.

So, there you have it, some of the recent bloomers that Dick photographed for me. Can you guess which one isn't outside? It's keeping Patty company in the garden window.

8 comments:

Wendy said...

OOooo what a treat to be able to see your beautiful flowers!!! I am so glad that I checked your blog today. I love them. The foxglove is so unique and beautiful! And what a wonderful heritage from your mom and grandpa and great grandma. I have to say that I definitely got my love of them from my grandma on my mom's side. She loved draping grape vines like me and tons of roses. Thanks for the pics.
Wendy

Ele said...

Dear Judy,
what a wonderful garden full of beautiful flowers and memories of love...

I whish you all the best and a good new week

Gabriele

Jane said...

Hi Judy, Your garden photos are lovely! No better way to come by a love of gardening than through family. Hope you're rested up from your time spent with the kids. I thank you for sharing your visit through the photos. Boy, they're getting big! ((( Hugs)))

Kathy said...

Judy, Your flowers are wonderful! What a special way to celebrate the memory of your grandmother. The children today are missing out on those special moments, learning about flowers from seeds and gardening.

Cat said...

Good heritage of plant lovers!
I remember huge Rhododendron bushes when I lived in Oregon as a child. Can't grow them in Utah!

Your flowers are absoultly lovely!

Pat Winter said...

Beautiful post. I enjoyed it very much, and the flowers are gorgeous!

Ich bin ein Fünfzigerjahremädel. said...

Judy,you have a nice place for your rose trees! Every season in the garden shows us wonderful colours and blossoms! I enjoy that!
Greetings from Germany,Ulla

Lapplisor said...

You met so wonderful flowers around you: -)
♥☼♥ Barbara ♥☼♥