Today, the Garden Designers Roundtable will explore the power of plants and memory. Plants have a way of triggering memories and emotions that run through our lives like a stream of film clips — memories of a special time, a favorite place, or a beloved person; it could be the plant itself, its color, fragrance, or even its form. Sometimes your "trigger" plants are not your favorite plants at all; the thoughts they evoke may not be pleasant ones, but they are part of your history and your reality.
|flowering crab, Malus spp|
|tree peony, Paeonia spp|
|rabbitbrush, Chrysothamnus nauseosus nauseosus|
|common lilac, Syringa vulgaris|
|Colorado blue spruce, Picea pungens|
"What kind of tree would that be?" I ask. "A fir or a spruce? A pine?"
"You know!" they respond, "The one like this!" ::hands and arms forming a triangle::
I feel like Linus to their Lucy in A Charlie Brown Christmas:
The heart wants what the heart wants.
Please join my fellow members of the Garden Designers' Roundtable for more on memory and plants: