Giving thanks for time is a play with words that suits me this year. This month I gave thanks for the time I have been able to spend with my Mother. She turned 90 this month and that momentous occasion gave me pause. I reviewed old photos and scanned them to make her a Photo Book. Ageless beauty was the theme. I could have spent a year planning and executing this book, but as it goes with me, it was last minute and came together as TIME would allow.
For once I put aside garden topics, and yet, gardens and my Mother are intertwined. Both of my grandfathers were great gardeners, as was my father, but as far as I know, my Mother was the first to make gardening her passion on the women’s side of our families. Her knowledge and style have fueled much of my own passion.
This month I wrote my garden column on tea olives. Osmanthus fragrans is a versatile shrub or tree and has much to recommend it. While it is a simple plant, it’s scent is powerful. It’s hardiness in my Southern zone is stalwart. A freeze of a few nights will not take it down. You can prune it and try to shape it to your desire, but it will send out lovely reddish leaves just the way it likes. It is mighty and green all year round, and when it sends forth its small flowers you cannot escape its presence. A lot like Mom. I Love you Mother, and always will! Happy birthday!