July 26, 2019

heirloom Plants

We all talk about heirloom vegetables but how many of you have heirloom flowers?  Those flowers that your great-grandmother gave you or the ones That your friend got from the old farm that was abandoned near their property?

I have several special plants that I have had for as long as I've been out on my own and trust me, at my age that's been a long time. 

My blood runs green because all my ancestors on both sides of my family tree were farmers and gardeners. I thought it would be fun to show my heirloom plants. Maybe you would post a picture here of some of yours too.

These Tiger lilies came from my Great Grandma Sims. She and my Great Granddaddy lived in Athens, Tennessee in a farmhouse with a dog-trot in the center. She had a root cellar out in the backyard that I was afraid to go into by myself because I was afraid there would be a snake in there. The lilies were in her front yard and we could see them from the porch swing where my cousins and I would sit and listen to the grandparents, aunts, and uncles tell stories about their lives growing up in Alabama.

My Grandmother Meadows was her daughter, and as my Daddy would say, "The apple didn't fall far from the tree." She moved into a house next door to us when I was about 4 years old. Her brothers built the house for her and she had so many pretty flowers both inside and out. I got the start of my Fuzzy Jew plant from her.

I honestly can't remember where I got the start of my pretty daisies that are growing in my front flowerbed. I have moved them at least four times and they are about to take over the bed out front. The Autumn Joy Sedum in the foreground has been moved about as many times as the daisies. It came from my Mother's yard.

The little starter cutting of my Jade plant came from the woman who was my Daddy's accountant many years ago. Both she and my Dad are gone now but the plant lives on. It is a huge plant. I winter it over in the studio window and bring it outside in the spring every year. People who come to my garden sales are always amazed at how big it is. I usually have little babies from that plant to sell each spring.

I hope that one day one of my boys will marry a girl who will carry on the tradition and keep these plants going for future generations.

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