It's hard to believe that I've had A Year Without My Mum. It was actually a year back in March and I remembered reading a comment on a post I wrote last year, A Final Goodbye, in which my lovely friend, Mitzi from Lazy Days & Sundays, mentioned she planted roses in memory of the people she'd lost. I thought at the time what a lovely idea that was and so I decided that I would do this for my mum.
I didn't want to plant just any old rose though, I went in search of one with a meaning and I came across Sheila's Perfume. Sheila was my mum's name and so I thought it would be perfect, though a little ironic as my mum lost her sense of smell many years ago after an illness. She couldn't smell perfume but liked to wear it so always asked my opinion.
Sheila's Perfume is a floribunda which produces clusters of flowers, or it should do once it gets going. Its first bloom opened after my dad died whilst we were having to isolate. It was a bright spell amongst the gloomy days of bereavement. There's more buds just waiting to open and it should go on flowering all summer.
It's such a pretty rose, yellow with a crimson pink edge, quite unusual. I think my mum would like it.
We were in lockdown when it arrived so it was a while until I could get to a garden centre to buy some compost but as you can see in the photo above, I'd picked out a nice pot to grow it in and I've since bought the compost I needed and it's been potted up.
Hopefully, it will be happy with the care and attention I provide and flower for many years to come in memory of my lovely mum.
What a lovely idea, and a beautiful rose. I bought a magnolia Susan (my name), as my mum had one in her garden, it's now in a pot beside my front door, and some of mum's ashes reside in the pot soil. It's like she's helping the shrub to grow, and it's keeping a part of her close to me. Coincidentally, my mum had no sense of smell either, she lost it following a childhood illness.ReplyDelete
I have 2 yellow roses in my garden, one each for mum and dad, plus I have the Peony from her garden. Your rose is beautiful and I know it will be a comfort to you seeing it bloom every year.ReplyDelete
The rose is beautiful and a lovely way to keep your mum close to you xxReplyDelete
Such a lovely idea and indeed a beautiful rose with great colouring.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful sentiment in honor of your mom. The rose is beautiful. I haven't had good luck growing roses so gave up years ago, but when my mom, Sue, passed I planted her favorite flower, Black Eyed Susan in both my front and back gardens.ReplyDelete
It's a beautiful rose with a beautiful name. What a lovely way to remember your mum.ReplyDelete
Rememberance roses are a wonderful idea. They are the perfect blooms to lift the soul and help us connect with the ones we love 💖ReplyDelete
My mum didn’t have any sense of smell either. I always opt for roses with a perfume.ReplyDelete
What a pretty rose, Jo...and even more perfect because of the name. I lost most of my sense of smell several years ago, too. It comes and goes a bit but I can't smell much. xo DianaReplyDelete
That's such a lovely idea, Jo, and the rose is so pretty. XReplyDelete
That is such a lovely idea. I'm drawn to varieties that share my name or that of my kids. While I have a rose with my name and a lilac with my daughters, for my son it will be a challenge - male variety names are not all that common.ReplyDelete
what a beautiful rose xReplyDelete
It's really beautiful and you will enjoy the roses for years to come xReplyDelete
It's beautiful, the perfect choice.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful rose to remember your Mum by.ReplyDelete
This is such a lovely idea. xReplyDelete
It's a beautiful rose and a great tribute to your Mum. I planted a William Shakespeare Rose for my Dad but had to leave it behind when I moved I must get another to replace it, you have reminded me. xxReplyDelete
Lovely post and pictures, and such a good idea. xxReplyDelete
What a lovely idea. That is such a lovely rose.xxxReplyDelete
A lovely idea, especially as the rose has the same name as your mum, and the colour is beautiful :)ReplyDelete
Such a lovely idea to plant a rose in remembrance of your mum.ReplyDelete
It's a really pretty colour too.
I'm sure your mum would like it, it's a beautiful rose.ReplyDelete
All the best Jan
Sorry not been visiting as have stuff to deal with.Your Rose is Stunning,I do hope it brings you comfort and reminds you of of your beloved mum.Hugs xxReplyDelete