Sunday, June 20, 2010

My TODAY'S FLOWERS post is dedicated to my Mother

You will probably recognize the photo below from my sidebar. It was taken on my Mum's 21st Birthday in 1937.

I know it is Father's Day and I wish all you Dad's out there a very happy one, but today would have been my Mother's 90th Birthday, so I am saying Happy Birthday Mum and dedicating my Today's Flowers post to her because she always loved the roses in Dad's garden, and often chose the ones he planted. Every time I think of my Mum I think of both her and my Dad sitting amongst all their roses and enjoying a cup of tea. They had a small bench they liked to sit on, underneath the kitchen window.

She passed 17 years ago and not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her. In this photo with our son Brad she looks a bit stern, but truth be told we were all travel weary, having driven most of the way across America.

We were just starting off on another day's journey and had spent the night in some town now long forgotten, but not this moment in time thankfully. Photographs become priceless treasures the more time passes. It is one of my favorite photos of the two of them. Son was still waking up when he placed his head on Nanny's shoulders. They had become fast friends on that trip, a lovely traveling experience for all of us.

The reason we were making our way across country was because husband Gregg was changing duty stations from Virginia Beach (Virginia) to Monterey (California). Gregg's sister had also just married and we stayed long enough so that we could all attend. A couple of days later we were on our way west. It was a great adventure that whole holiday, and one of those wonderful memories Gregg and I talk about today.

You too, my Mother, read my rhymes
For love of unforgotten times,
And you may chance to hear once more
The little feet along the floor.

~Robert Louis Stevenson~







TODAY’S FLOWER’S was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli Jr.

You can find beautiful and unusual flowers from all over the world by clicking here.


41 comments:

Rose said...

I really enjoyed this...I think the posts I actually enjoy reading the most are ones telling personal things like this...Lovely photos too.

LV said...

A truly wonderful tribute to your mother. She would have been so proud. The roses are beautiful and my favorite flower.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

You look a lot like your Mum, Denise. Lovely flowers and a wonderful tribute to your Mum.

Linda Reeder said...

Wonderful post, full of love.

Kay said...

This is such a beautiful post, Denise. I do love that photo of Brad leaning on your mom. There's such love there. What a beautiful memory. I really, really love all your roses! Absolutely stunning photos.

Juliana RW said...

So beautiful flowers shots. Love the colors

My entry this week : in HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

Cezar and Léia said...

Bonjour Denise,
Adorable tribute, it's about so many beautiful feelings and much love!Wonderful colours and roses, your pictures are perfect.Also love your header!
Bon Dimanche!
Léia

Zondra Art said...

Beautiful dear Denise!!!
Kisses

Michele J said...

Oh wow... what a wonderful tribute to the person that means so much to you. I can really feel the love pouring out from this post! The flowers are amazing!! ♥

Xavi said...

Hi Denise, always enjoy your posts, wonderful tribute to your mother.
Have a nice Sunday!!

Smitten by Britain said...

Happy Birthday to you mum, Denise! Lovely post.

Carver said...

Dear Denise,

What a wonderful tribute to your mother. I love the photo of her as a young woman and also of her with your son. The roses are all so beautiful. My mother's birthday and father's day are always close together and my father's birthday and mother's day are close together. I like the way I think of them together on their special days.

Best regards, Carver

Bonnie Bonsai said...

How wonderful of you Denise. You do your dear mother proud. And what a beautiful tribute for her.

(After careful consideration, I sent Mr Santilli a note. Hope to hear from him soon). Thanks to you.

Glad TT is on because I'll be away to my daughter tomorrow.

Now, it's time to say Good night.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

JJ said...

Just magical - a beautiful post, family and flowers.

JJ

Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous tribute to your Mom!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great tribute toy your Mother. That bouquet in a teacup is exquisite.

Photos do become more important as time goes by. I wish I had treated them so casually.

April said...

What a lovely dedication to your mother. The flowers are beautiful.

Pat's Addition said...

Denise,
A charming tribute to your Mum. So English ... tea and roses.

Lui said...

I was about to post the same about my parents today! I'm so glad we have the same beautiful stories about our wonderful parents. They make us and our world special!

Manang Kim said...

What a very good way to tribute your Mother. Love that picture too it's priceless. Happy Sunday!


Yellow Hollyhock

dutchbaby said...

You made a very beautiful rose bouquet and a tribute to your dear mother.

msdewberry said...

I love your flowers and your tribute to your Mom. Happy Birthday to her and what a nice way to remember her.
I like your little poem as well, beautiful quote.

Self Sagacity said...

Gorgeous take on the flowers. A great post about your mom, I enjoyed the read. Thanks.

Ruth said...

Beautiful flower arrangement for a beautiful mother. Happy 90th birthday to your mum.

Loved the macro shots!

Rosamaria said...

Denise, I feel the same as you. I always think of my mother and I miss her. I think I started to participate in the TF to remember the beautiful garden she had.
Your photos are very beautiful and your mother, wherever she is, will be happy to receive them.
Happy Fathers Day for the parents there, here is at the first Sunday in August.

Hope you have a very nice week, dear

gigihawaii said...

Love your photos of the roses and your mother. Priceless! I tend to take my own mom for granted...

Regina said...

She was so beautiful.
A lovely tribute Denise and those blooms are delightful!
Have a lovely week ahead.

" Regina "

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful and loving tribute.

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

What a lovely post, and the flowers look good, too! I miss my mom every day also, and my flowers and garden are always a kind of tribute to her.

I emailed Luiz with a flower photo or two not that long ago (to become Guest Friend) and haven't heard from him. Is everything OK? Should I resend?

Thanks, Sara

vincibene said...

A touching post and wonderful flower shots!
I miss my mother too, every day.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

First, what a beautiful tribute to your Mom. She was a gorgeous lady and I know how you feel. My Mom passed in 1994 and I still think of her each day and many times a day. They are our Moms so they are always with us. Next, I love the flower bouquet, so sweet, touching and lovely. Thanks for sharing your Mom with us today.

jabblog said...

Beautiful flowers, Denise, and a lovely tribute to your mother. What would we miss without our treasured photos? A photo, a scent, a passing gesture or expression and we're transported to another time. That's love and memory.

Neal said...

Beautiful flowers! Like you say old pictures of family are priceless.

SandyCarlson said...

You are a loving daughter. Thanks for this post.

Your mom and son look like a beautiful pair after that journey.

I think Mother's Day and Father's Day are excellent reminders for us to love the people around us, plain and simple.

Ebie said...

Truly, a wonderful tribute to your mom. You have some resemblance of your mum. These flowers are so beautiful, specially the pink roses. I love the vase, too!

Kilauea Poetry said...

I knew I was going to get all choked up! This was a lovely tribute! Thanks for sharing your touching memories! I just love those photos Denise! Really, the little poem at the end melts my heart!! Terrific- I've been behind an will come back! Thanks- I've been thinking of you! Today's my son' birthday, so I'm heading out. Thanks for your patience and for being here!

Renaissance said...

What a lovely tribute to your Mother

EG Wow said...

This is such a lovely tribute to your mother, Denise.

Margaret Cloud said...

Oh Denise, this is so touching, I had a tear in my eye all the way through. My mom has been gone forty five years and it seems like only yesterday I saw her. Thank you for sharing these moments with us and the pictures were so precious.

Carletta said...

A very lovely post in photo and word!

Marilyn said...

Your post was a very special one today. Thanks for sharing those wonderful memories with us. ♥♫