September 23rd 2012 11:06 am
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So we have decided that sense Gump and Tigger both weren't just extremely close to us but also members of GreenPaws we have decided to start a GreenPaw tradition.
When our new Angels leave to go the bridge we will purchase a baby plant to remind their family of them. With great research the baby plant will be 1)compatible to their planting zone (that's a given) 2)will be a multiplying plant so the member gets a gorgeous huge plant with in years 3)promise the baby plants will be easy care (plant and forget about them plants unless we know for a fact the member is a gardening geek) and 4)we will take extra consideration for special needs (Tigger's Mom has a serious problem with deer eating her plants every year...thus she will receive a deer resistant plant)
Now for the unveiling of Tigger's and Gump's new gifts from us. Mom has been doing a lot of research for this one.
Tigger was born in the fall so we wanted to get him a fall flower, he also loved the color pink so he gets the prettiest hot pink, easy care, deer resistant flower that we could thank of. (great in 3-9 planting zones....that's all of us isn't it heeheee)
Tigger's "pink" giftie
Achillea Richard Neilson is it's name.
Our dear Angel Gump...he was born in early spring and his gotcha day was early July so he gets a summer flower. As you know Mich. weather is a little tricky, a matter of fact we have no idea what it would be like to have snow for more than a couple days at a time. But sense it's the summer it made this easier. We wanted Gump to have a pretty white flower and as a added plus Angel is in it's name.
Gump's delicate giftie
This is Achillea Angels Breath.
Both are yarrows, (that was just a coincidence btw) so they are plant them and leave them plants. So easy easy to take care of. Here they are known as a great drought plant, in Mich. and northern Cali you might need to make sure they are planted on a well drained spot, maybe like on sloped spot. I figure the snows make their land a little on the soggy side sometimes. The only thing about yarrows is they get tall and need to be staked. I took the liberty to pick out yarrow that only gets two feet tall thus probably we be just fine without the stakes.
Both plants are great for butterfly gardens, make great dried and cut floors and are good for planting zones 3-9 (that's all of us isn't it heehee)
I will be sending info on planting and caring for these plants to both Gina and Jen.
Now for group business....
Samhain sent out a group email back when the group emails were not working asking if anyone would be interested in swapping seeds or divided plants..(that was Mom's idea about the divided plants) considering she has no idea half the time how to gather seeds and actually get them to grow. She did find out how to propagate a Crape Myrtle though. We have a huge white wild Crape Myrtle in the back yard and want to try our hand at it. Wish us luck.
Anyway if anyone is interested in swapping it might not be to late to do so. Maybe we should have a group meeting for a weekend to talk about these possibilities. If we are lucky Samhain will teach us how to ship these delicate babies. She said she's done it before. We are also talking about veggie seeds too.
Second part of business...if you would like to pitch in for the bereavement gifts for members let me know how you would like to do so. I will be purchasing the gifts from Bluestone so the shipping isn't bad at all. I thought about Plant Delights but it would have cost 26. to fly to cali and 18. to land ship to Mich. I really need to talk to them about their shipping cost...way way to high! Bluestone is only 8. bucks. I will be purchasing two plants each for Gina and Jen. The plants run around 8 give or take a couple pennies. This will not break Mom's piggy bank at all so if you wish not to give towards the gifts she is perfectly fine with that.
Also, Jen if you would prefer a different color let me know. I just love white for Gump. And like I said Pink for Tigger was a given, pretty sure we will get no chnge request but if we do I understand.
Love this idea! Our Mom's a gardening geek but one with your Mom's problem, Zoe -- not enough time to do the garden justice. No veggies, though -- just flowers. We have heavy, heavy deer pressure and scads of bunnies, woodchucks and bunnies. She will be sending a pawmail to get instructions on how to contribute to GreenPaw.
I love the idea! Both of those flowers are so beautiful. Pink is purrfect for Tigger and I love the white for Gump. I can just picture him rolling around in it right now...
I could too!
We think this is a wonderful idea! our own precious Angel Cleo has her very own garden on our property. it is one of mom's favorite places to sit and just be at peace. truly lovely idea Zoe!
This be such a bootiful thing!!! Flowers be so pretty and a lasting tribute!!!1
Anna, Mom actually gave me the idea. See all her and the grandparents beloved babies are all buried under a huge oak tree. Each baby has a plant of some sort planted on their grave. Tux has Daffodils, Blackie and Joe both have chrysanthemums of different colors. Mom's doggie Tigger that grew up with her, has a forsythia bush. And so on.
It makes such a lovely spot to sit and watch the seasons pass by. And also to enjoy the beautiful memories.
Glad you have a Cleo Garden to enjoy too. When you see the flowers come alive you just can't help smiling and thanking of them.
I love this idea of the flowers, how sweet of you.
Better hurry up, Jen's zone may past planting by the time they arrive. They are beautiful Zoe!
That is a great idea. We'll send you a paw mail.
Mom thinks a garden, no matter how large or small, is the most beautiful place on earth. Giving all the precious furbabies who have gone to the Bridge their own flower is a purrfect memorial!
Alex, Mom is going to place the order tomorrow. Bluestone Perennials is in Ohio so hopefully it'll get there quick. Mom didn't even make the final decision about the plants till last night till late last night. The first choice for Jen was exactly that, to late in the season.
Anna even if its a potted plant sitting in your window ....
Skylar, thanks for stopping by.
You might want to see if they can put a rush on hers. It's been furry cold up here!
I'm going to try. If we have to we can always fall back on the old Christmas Cactus. MOL! Actually grandma had one of those for years. We used to love to see it bloom in the kitchen window. Nah, I'm going to do everything I can first thing in the morning.
It's so hard for me to grasp the weather up there. Here it was 80 degrees today.
Rub it in! MOL. Right now it's 54 and diving down. So I can imagine its colder where she is.
If it makes you feel any better our nights are cold and Mom has to wear a jacket and run the heat in the car in the mornings.
Personally, we love the cooler weather cause it gets to dang humid during the summer. We had three days of low humidity and 100 degrees this year. Those days were so pleasant compared to our usual extremely humid, extremely smoggy 90 degree days. One day Mom thought she was going to pass out cause the air was to thick to breathe. And she doesn't have asthma.
Oh my gosh! I am tearing up. That is very very sweet! I am going to plant them at Tigger's grave site in our back yard. It's purrfect that they are pink, his favorite color! His site is in the midst of flowers and plants, and there is room for more flowers. Thank you SO much!
Tigger's Mom Gina
Absolutely pawsitively purrrfect
It's a sweet idea, Zoe. And no, it's not too late here in MI to plant perennials as both these are. I'd say we have a good while yet for planting, though the weather could surprise me. Achillea grows well here and will spread, though the root system is fairly shallow so it's not really a problem with invasiveness. I never stake mine, but the taller ones do have a tendency to fall over, so that was good thinking about getting shorter ones! :)
We would like to contribute to this. BTW, we so far haven't had a freeze, though it was 37 when I checked this morning, and this is the usual projected time for first frost.
Zoe, the flowers are very beautiful! That is so thoughtful of you and your mommy.I know it will help a grieving pawent to see such beauty and think of their fur baby. I'm in Northern Indiana, upper most northern part and we are getting frost advisories now.
Oh my, what a wonderful, thoughtful idea! Thank you so much, Zoe and family. I love the white and love the name....Achillea Angel's Breath. I love white with my sweet boy. Such a lovely idea. It's not too late to plant here. I've been getting some things right now to plant (and looking for sales). It's cooled down a lot the last couple weeks, but we often have warms-ups into October and November.
HI Zoe and family,
I loved being outdoors, sniffing the plants etc., and I will love having a special plant from you. Love the white and the name. :)
Thank you everyone for doing this for my mom and me.
What a beautiful thought an' idea~! I know that Tigger 'n Gumpy's mommy will adore these gorgeous plants~~ In honor o' our pawsome furiends, U haz a heart o' gold~! Livin' ina apartment, we don't get to share our own gardens or plants or blooms. But our sweet furiends can cherish Ur spawcial gift fur a furry long time to come~! Thank U fur sharin'~! XOXOX
This is a lovely idea! Both of the plants are gorgeous and their moms will love them!
Thank you everyone for the support you have shown me and Tigger and Gump. Remember these plants are from our group not just me. We all have done this for them. I want you all to feel like your apart of this. Love you and I love our group!
(even our non group members but great, great, cherished friends..River, Skylar and Milo. If you ever get the urge to have a potted plant (mom loves ferns and orchids for inside) write us we can help you get started...it's really not that hard. Mom used to have a black thumb but she's learned like everything research helps a lot)
What a wonderful idea! And the plants are just beautiful.
I furgot to say that the pink one for Tigger is really beautiful. Mom has planted that one before or her mom had it. It's really nice that your mom thought about getting something that was easy to grow and all the other considerations, too.
Gumpy, we didn't want to add to everyday stress especially when there's gorgeous flowers out there that aren't demanding. Besides we want you guys to enjoy them not slave over them.
Mom has mostly plant and leave them flowers in her front yard with the exception of the roses and a few picky hybrids.
So glad you like Tigger's plant too. I thank both of your flowers together would make a beautiful centerpiece.
PS- Mom ordered the flowers today, she has already gotten the confirmation and the lady said they would be shipped by Friday. Since both of you are seasoned gardeners mom figures you know what to do. But she's sending you a pmail anyway about the pot they are shipped in. It's coco and can be directly planted in the ground... very cool idea but needs prepping.
Thank you Zoe's Mom! Actually my Mom is an unseasoned gardener. MOL So, any tips would be welcome. :)
She's working on your pmail now.
Tigger/Gina your flower was sent to fed ex last night! Estimated delivery time is the 29th.
Gumpy/Jen your flower went out today but I don't have a conformation or tracking number from fed ex yet for yours.
I'm so excited for both of you!
Zoe Sunshine, we received the two plants!! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts! Mom has them in the sink and she gave them a little drink. How soon does she need to plant them, is tomorrow okay?
If weather is good, tomorrow would be fine. Hope they look healthy, I've never had a problem with Bluestone myself.
Mom transplanted some of our plants Friday, planted her new roses bush, divided that Crinum of ours, gave several bulbs away (got a nice starting mass set to the side for Luke's Mom too). Tomorrow she is going out to Mariette's to help dig and divide Daylilies. She'll try to get pics of the roses and Gris's family.
Dang it Tigger! My picture I did of you didn't show up in my giftie and I'm afraid to send it through the pmail system so here.Love
Awww, it's beautiful! Thank you!
Mom read the instructions. It said to put the plants outside for a few days in a shady area until you are ready to plant. So, that's what she's gonna do. :)