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Sunday, March 25, 2012

When a Shrub Is More Than a Shrub

When is a plant, a shrub, more than a shrub? 
When it brings back memories of another life. 
A far away life.
  Every time you look at it you are are taken aback and slightly shocked by how fast it happens.

Is it a blessing it will not bloom for a long time?
Bridal Veil Spirea

Bringing back joy, sadness, and maudlin thoughts. 
There was one in my Aunt Vera's yard and I cannot look at ours without thinking of her.

joy and peace


  1. Her way of loving you still? I hope many blessings find you today.

  2. I love spirea. We have several at our house. They remind me of my childhood. My cousin and I used to pick the flowers off (naughty children!) and toss them at each other.

  3. Such a pretty picture and peaceful.

  4. What a G*O*R*G*E*O*U*S Setting...
    LoVe the accent of those BLOOMS!*!*!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

  5. So beautiful Olive... I have several bridal wreath spirea... and I always press some of their beautiful blooms to preserve them... I believe your beautiful bush is a way of keeping your Aunt Vera close by... always in your heart... xoxo Julie Marie

  6. I love bridal veil spirea, it's such a sweet blossom. Your Aunt Vera is letting you know she is always near to you. The sweetness...I guess some things have a way of being bittersweet. But, the comfort is stronger than the sadness.
    Thinking of you.

  7. That's really beautiful. I've got plants in my garden too that remind me of special people.

  8. Olive, Let the spirea be in memory of your dear aunt. When my mother passed away, I planted a rose in her only grew 2 roses then died...I thought one for mommy and one for me. I have planted another. I'll keep trying. Smiles to you,Susie(She Junks)

  9. Hallo Olive. It's a lovely way really of your Aunt Vera still being there with you. I absolutely love that Bridal Spirea. We have two lovely ones in our garden, and they look wonderful when they're out. You're right, plants really can bring back memories for us. Hugs.

  10. It must have been a beautiful life, as the shrub sure is. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  11. What a place of solace! I would def be sitting in that happy place right now!

  12. Yes, I have sweet and bittersweet memories of Bridal Veil Spirea. Granny and Granddad had one growing at the corner of their driveway. When I see Bridal Veil I think of them, as they were when I was a child.

  13. I had one of these at my house in Texas. I miss it too.

  14. Olive; I haven't been by to see your blog in a while. I love the Spirea and would consider it a blessing that it reminds you of a dear Aunt. I have lots of plants that remind me of the friends and relatives that gave them to me and I too think of them as they bloom :-) Blessings...


  15. Olive, The Bridal Veil Spirea is beautiful. Let it bring beautiful memories of your Aunt Vera.

  16. At 1515, the bridal veil bush is still there and you can see it next to the porch in all the pictures from the 1930's on to today. I cherish it and know my Grandmother planted it. many plants make me think of those I love and miss.


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