I'm showing it to you here as all the material was collected from her garden. I gardened for her for about 10 years. I'm not quite sure when I started and then, sadly, she spent the last couple of years in a care home which she found quite frustrating.
She was a typical gardener - bought plants wherever she went, swapping roots and cuttings with friends and family.
Despite taking around 20 photographs I don't think any of them do it justice. If you are able to zoom in, you can see in better detail. In real life it was bright, fresh and colourful.
It includes - Some kind of laurel (I think- correct me if I'm wrong), Euonymous - gold and white, Viburnum, Osmanthus, Hellebore, Hazel catkins, Rosemary- of course, Pittosporum, white Heather, Ivy and Chaenomeles. It's quite large - around two and a half feet wide and I was impressed how colourful it was for February.
I went to look round the garden last week and see what there was to use and if I need to buy anything to supplement. As you see there was plenty. I cut a few Forsythia branches to see if I could force them to open in time. They started opening the day of the funeral, typically, so I get to enjoy them along with this Chaenomeles.
Making this was a lovely way to say goodbye and reminded me of the hours in her garden - often spent walking round holding a pot deciding where to plant a new treasure. Decisiveness wasn't a strong point.
The best thing for me was that the family really appreciated it and thought it a fitting tribute. It was certainly personal and a special thing to do.
Join Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for In a Vase on Monday.