|Helleborus x ballardia 'Pink Frost' |
Rosemary was adamant the we should not have sold our Kerrisdale home with its large corner garden. The fact was that we had spent so much money on the garden and helping our youngest daughter Hilary’s daughters (our granddaughters) that we had a house that had leaky bathrooms and plumbing we could not afford to fix.
We put an offer on the first house we liked and it was accepted. Perhaps that did not give Rosemary time to think. She was unhappy until the end of her life while I enjoyed being close to Broadway here in Kits.
Alexandra living in Lillooet gave Rosemary the opportunity to garden in Ale’s almost one acre property.
But she might have agreed that selling our large house gave us lots of money to put in the bank and to inherit our two daughters while we were still alive.
Both of us suffered from the fact that we could not move all our plants into the much smaller Kits garden. We had many wonderful rare trees that had grown to maturity and at least 35 exotic hydrangeas and large hostas. We rented a van twice and we took many plants (the ones that could handle Lillooet’s extreme weather).
But there was one afternoon that only many years later I realized how heart wrenching it was to see Rosemary’s friends and master gardeners help themselves to some of the plants.
But there was one woman who took every one of Rosemary’s hellebores. In the last few years here in Kits I have only spotted one and I have grieved and put myself in Rosemary’s state of mind when that woman took most of them.
A couple of days ago I went to Save On on 41st to buy my cats' treats that are always on sale there. I paid As I was leaving I spotted these lovely hellebores and I knew I had to buy a pot in memory of Rosemary and perhaps in some way for me to amend my much too cold decision to move out of Kerrisdale.
At the very least her hellebores would still be with us.
I usually cut a flower and leaf of a plant to do my scanning. Somehow I felt I could not deface Rosemary's hellebore so I put the pot on its side on my scanner. It was tough as dirt got on the scanner. But I feel good in now planting her hellebore in the ground and every March it will remind me of her.