Monday, April 7, 2014

GRANDMA FRANKIE'S FLOWERS

 Grandma Frankie, my dearest's mom, was such a special lady.  She passed away in March of 1990.  She was a lover of flowers and in her little duplex, the landlord gave her permission to plant as many flowers as she wanted in the front yard.  And she did.  Mainly iris and succulents.  When she passed away we ask the landlord if we could dig up some of the iris bulbs to have for her memory.  He was gracious and gave us permission.  So we've all got starts of iris to keep Grandma Frankie's memory alive through her flowers.

My dearest is baby of the family and wanted me to take his picture with the "first" iris bloom of this year.  The bulbs just keep multiplying.  Isn't God's creation wonderful.


There are also white iris (lovely and lacy) but for some reason they have not budded this year.  Maybe later.

 We also have her big Christmas Cactus and it full of blooms. It sits on a step ladder and is really huge.

I've given starts of this to grandchildren too, to keep the memory going through her flowers.

So today, we say we love you Grandma Frankie..you've been in heaven a long time, but you are not forgotten, and your flowers are like having you right here with us.

32 comments:

  1. Sweet Wanda, what a beautiful post written in dear Frankie's honor - there are tears in my eyes as I read about this lovely lady.

    Thinking of you, friend. Sending love and hugs :)

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    1. I think flowers are a special way to keep a memory alive. Especially bulb flowers that come back year after year. Also that Christmas cactus is really old.

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  2. What a beautiful way for her to be remembered. That blue iris and the Christmas cactus are gorgeous. Those are passalong plants that future generations can enjoy too.

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    1. It always fun to see the row of them along my daughters house..they have really multiplied since she has lived there over 20 years. When we retired I could only bring a few...but they will multiply.

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  3. What a treasure to have something living to keep the memory of her alive. She was a lovely lady and looks like she had a very gentle spirit and a warm heart.
    Great pictures of all your flowers-including your living "vase"...xo Diana

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    1. She was a lovely lady. A strong woman who raised three boys on her own. We miss her. How about that "living vase" Cute isn't he?

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  4. How wonderful to have the iris in her memory!

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    1. Today, I have another bloom..maybe I should have waited for the picture.

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  5. Hello Wanda, such a beautiful post in memory of your dear mother, who looks to be just precious. That Christmas cactus was amazing in size! I can just picture it in full bloom, wow!!
    The Lord bless you and keep you ever so close to Him.
    I enjoyed my visit here, and will return again soon.
    Joy! Debbie

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    1. Hi Debbie ~ She was my MIL, my hubby, who I call my dearest on the blog's mother..but she was like a mom to me too.
      The Christmas cactus is really old too.

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  6. Plants are a wonderful way to remember people. The iris is always welcome in a garden as its one of the first to bloom/

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    1. I guess that's why women loved getting flowers, Dave. That first bloom is always special. Reminds us there is a season for everything.

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  7. oh my gosh you brought tears to my eyes, that is wonderful tribute to an important lady, beautiful blooms

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    1. She was special in our lives. Since I didn't grow up with grandmothers, I'm so thrilled our children new both their grandmas.

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  8. You all were so smart to dig these up and replant like you did. What a perfect "keepsake".

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    1. Bulbs are wonderful, aren't they... They come back every year, and multiply. What a good lesson about longevity.

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  9. So special to have her flowers to enjoy after all these years. Beautiful photos, Wanda. God bless you both today.

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    1. Year after year...blessing on top of blessing.

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  10. What a beautiful flower and it will always be a memory of your Mom.

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    1. Memories and flowers are precious.

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  11. That's a wonderful way to keep your MIL close by! Those flowers are so pretty. I love purple iris! We have some flowers transplanted in our yard from relatives too. They seem more special than those purchased at a store.

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    1. I think the same thing Kelly. I always refer to them as Grandma Frankie's Iris. Special lady, special flowers with her name.

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  12. How lovely to have such beautiful blooms to admire and such lovely memories to look back on. xx

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    1. Grandmas, flowers and memories. Priceless.

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    1. Thanks Beth. I need to come and visit you again. I think I lost your blog, and only see you on Daily Prayers.

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  14. There is nothing quite like tangible links to those gone before; flowers, music, photographs... I wonder what my children will keep when I am gone?

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    1. Martha, I've thought of that many times. Perhaps the empty cookie jar?

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    2. Bibles are treasures too. My grandmother's Bible is here in Mom's glass bookcase and she passed away in 1939. It still has her handwriting there. That's pretty special.
      I have two of my mom's Bibles (at least) and my son Dave has my dad's well loved and marked Bible.

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    3. I was being silly, and you my dear are being serious. Yes, I do think Bibles, Journals, prayer books, etc will be the most meaningful. I hope so.

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  15. I love that you have her flowers! And that photo of her just just beautiful!

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  16. that's another lovely tribute and I love the idea of continuing on a part of her life with still growing and keeping her flowers, many blooms later. It's rather like that special connection one must have when enjoying some recipe from a grandparent or whoever. So lovely..and special too.

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