Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Linda's tree

This is Linda's tree - we planted this magnolia in our garden to remember my friend Linda who died of cancer at the age of 32, eighteen years ago. It was only a few feet high when we planted it but it has grown into a magnificent tree that brings us joy and reminds me of our friendship.



Linda is on the left  - I am on the right.

Daisy enjoyed the shade of the tree


Over the past few days the trees at the bottom of the garden have been transformed by the stunning blooming apple and cherry blossom. We only have a short way to go to appreciate their beauty.



This bulb selection I bought from Lidl back in September, for less than £3, has been flowering for over a month starting with blue hyacinths and blue anemones and has been fantastic! I hope they will be selling some more like this in the Autumn.


We have had a week of almost constant sunshine and you can almost see the plants growing before your eyes. May has to be my favourite month of the year! What is your favourite month?


Welcome to my new followers Merisi's Vienna for beginners,  Gracie Saylor,  Richard ,Blue Borage, and Moonlight that you for joining me.
Sarah x

50 comments:

  1. I felt quite weepy when I read this post Sarah. I too had a good friend called Karen who died at a similar age to Linda from breast cancer, and funnily enough I was only thinking about her this morning. What a beautiful thing to plant such a lovely tree in her memory. CT x

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  2. Hi Sarah, such a beautiful tree and a lovely way to remember your lost friend. Your garden looks amazing.
    May has to be my most favourite month too. All the new growth and summer to look forward to.
    Jacquie x

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  3. WHAUW Sarah your post makes me so happy, I love flowers and the colors are so lovely. I'm happy and you have make my day thanks Sarah. Have a nice day tomorrow with hopefully nice weather take care greetings Petra.

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  4. Dear Sarah,

    Our post our similar indeed :-)! What a pretty garden you have! It looks huge on the photographs!!!

    Planting a tree is such a beautiful way to remember your friend. 32 is so young.....

    The bulbs you bought at the Liddl look beautiful. I bought some expensive ones at a local garden centre last autumn, but of the 50 bulbs only 8 white tulips are in bloom :-(. I am off to the Liddl or Aldi next time too.

    Have a lovely evening!

    Madelief x

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  5. Hello Sarah
    What a beautiful way to remember your friend..the magnolia always reminds me of Mum she had one in her front garden..
    The blossom is lovely this year..my cherry tree is just starting to open..the sunshine has made such a difference,
    I find it hard to choose a month as I love them all for different reasons, I could not imagine living in a country without them
    Your garden looks so pretty
    Happy week
    Thea x

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  6. What a wonderful way to remember your friend. Your garden is looking gorgeous. I think May is my favourite month too.

    Leanne xx

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  7. What a beautiful way to remember your friend xxx

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  8. What a beautiful memorial, and your garden is looking wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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  9. Dear Sarah,
    I'm truly emoted... Plant a tree in a memory of a friendship is something wonderful , I wouldn't think of such a thing. And now, you see it growing et filling of buds... It looks gorgeous in your garden which brights! And Daisy, what a beauty , she must be very happy basking under the sun!
    Thank you for this enjoyable post !
    Olympia

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  10. That is a very beautiful Magnolia tree in your garden and even more so with the remembrance of a good friend connected to it.
    You have such a beautiful garden, so full of bloom from blossoming trees and flowering bulbs. That is really my dream garden.
    Bye,
    Marian

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  11. Hello Sarah, May is My Very Most Favorite Month.. It is a month of glorious blooms and everything comes to life again.. Linda Magnolia tree is truly beautiful and I have one just like it but much smaller.. I planted it last year...It is the most wonderful tribute to your dear friend and this tree will always bring you big smiles every Spring when it shows it blooms.. All your spring blooms are wonderful.. Have a lovely week.. Hugs Judy

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  12. Such a nice way of remembering your friend, your garden is looks so pretty.

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  13. All of your trees and flowers are so pretty. I'm sorry about your friend but that is a lovely way to remember her.

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  14. Such wonderful photos and what a lovely and beautiful tree to remember a dear friend. Suzy x

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  15. Your garden looks wonderful. The OH's twin sister died of cancer at the age of 37 leaving behind two boys aged 9 and 6. Cancer is so indiscriminate. The tree is a lovely idea. I also want to thank you for mentioning the small nursery in Colyton. We visited and parted with some of our hard earned cash.
    June

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  16. Linda's tree is so beautiful! What a lovely way to remember your friend. Daisy looks adorable in the garden. X

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  17. Dear Sarah,

    You have such a gorgeous garden and how lovely that you planted the Magnolia to remember your friend. As Madelief said, 32 is so young.
    So lovely to see your pretty flowers on a rainy and grey day here, thank you for sharing so much beauty.

    Happy day
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  18. Hi Sarah, what a beautiful tree to remember your dear friend by. Magnolias were a favourite of my mum's too. Your garden is so pretty in must bring you lots of joy after the long winter. I'm not sure I have a favourite month, but spring is my favourite season. S:)

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  19. A beautiful memorial to your lovely friend ...

    Love Claire xx

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  20. Dear Sarah - such a beautiful and tangible way to remember your dear friend - when I think of all the months of the year, May is the one that always springs to my mind as being the one I love most - sometimes she lets us down by being colder and wetter than we expect or hope for, but she never lets us down with her magnificent flowering.

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  21. Your garden looks beautiful Sarah, and it's a lovely way to remember someone by planting something. Magnolias are such stunning trees. May is my favourite month in the garden too. It's full of freshness, green foliage and lovely flowers which contrast well with the soil.

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  22. I love Linda's tree, I bet she would too, what a lovely way to remember you friend, beautiful spring garden! :) x

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  23. What a beautiful thing to do in memory of a life....to plant a tree. We did this for both of my parents who died of cancer, two weeks apart from one another. Two trees...two lives. DAISY LOOKS HAPPY and our magnolias are finally budding! Anita

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  24. What a lovely way to remember Linda. Juliex

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  25. What a beautiful reminder of you friend. May is also my favourite month the bluebells are about to flower in the woods and the fresh green leaves are appearing in the sunshine. It's the anticipation of summer that I love the most before it arrives and disappoints in it's usual British way. Sarah x

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  26. Beautiful photographs. Planting a tree in memory of someone dear is such a lovely thing to do - and a magnolia tree looks so wonderful in flower. I love the picture of Daisy enjoying the shade; she looks very cute. And May is my favourite month, too.

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  27. A beautiful choice of tree.

    May is definitely my favourite month too. It doesn't feel very Spring-like today - it is blowing a gale - but even now when I look out the greens are so fresh and flowers are bursting forth. I'm sure it will recover from its battering!

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  28. What a beautiful remembrance of your friend. Such lovely flowers. I love the picture of Daisy under the tree. Such a great post.

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  29. Lovely Magnolia Sarah we had a similar one which we had to leave behind when we moved

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  30. What a gorgeous tree and wonderful memorial. To just sit and think when all is in bloom must be a very comforting thing indeed.

    Nina x

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  31. What lovely photos. The tree is a beautiful way to remember someone. Daisy is a cutie x

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  32. What a lovely way to remember your friend. It must be very peaceful to sit under such a magnificent tree and remember her. I just love the photo of Daisy in the garden, she's beautiful.

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  33. Your garden looks lovely and what a sweet story about your tree. About 8 years ago, a young boy died at our school. In his honor we planted a beautiful tree that blooms in March with sweet pink flowers. His birthday was in March and his mother always comes by to see the tree on his birthday. This year the tree was absolutely spectacular. We used a photograph of it for the opening page of the yearbook. His mother just beamed when she saw it.

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  34. a beautiful tribute tree to Linda Sarah.
    Beautiful photos as always. Not too spring/ early summer like here further up the county,either, cold, grey and overcast!

    Leanne x

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  35. Your garden looks beautiful. I will have to keep a look out for the bulb selection myself in autumn.I do love spring bulbs and its nice to add to them each year.

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  36. ~ A very beautiful tribute to your dear friend...Who was taken far to young...I imagine she was watching and smiling at this lovely post Sarah...I LOVE this time of year so much....I call the blossoms, Candy floss trees and some times their beauty can take your breath away! Your garden is just lovely, Sarah...Love Maria x

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  37. Love your garden, spring is a wonderful time of year too. What a lovely thing to do in memory of your friend, it looks beautiful.

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  38. a beautiful post Sarah and a lovely way to remember your friend, we can all think of here now too! I go out every year for a nice day out on my friend Margaret's birthday as a way to remember her and our friendship. such gorgeous flowers and colour is so delightful after the long winter, truly joyful! Emmax ps I emailed about your brooch (made!) but not sure if you got it cos our computer links have been a bit odd this week!

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  39. What a beautiful way to remember your friend Sarah. x

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  40. I love that you planted a tree in remembrance of your friend. I hope it continues to thrive for many more years, and gives you warm memories of your friend.

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  41. What an incredibly beautiful garden you have :)

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  42. Hello there sweet Sarah and Daisy! Thanks for coming by to visit! SEE YOU NEXT WEEK! Anita

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  43. How lovely to have that tree to remember your dear friend by...its stunning at this time of year....best weekend wishes to you daisy j x

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  44. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a lovely tree and beautiful garden to help you remember your times together. Your pets are adorable, too.

    Thank you for popping by today and leaving such sweet comments. I really appreciate it!

    Have a happy weekend xox

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  45. Such a lovely tribute the manolia. Everyting looks so pretty thhere in blossom and Daisy is the most delightful blossom of them all!

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  46. Such a stunning magnolia and wonderful memory! Your photos are just beautiful - I'd say May and June are my favorite months of the year :) XOL

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  47. Hello my friend. I'm so glad you enjoyed the kangaroo photo in the apple orchard! When I took it I smiled as I knew that my overseas bloggy friends would love that sight! Daisy is so cute. And I love your tribute magnolia to your friend - what a beautiful way to honour her. My friend's father passed away last week and I'm trying to get a plant that held significance with her father to plant in her new home. And you look lovely in the photo! I often dress like that, dark jeans, button up and loafers. I think your mother's day is a different date, but regardless, Happy Mother's Day from the Australian version!! xx

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  48. What a beautiful post with sentiment and photos to match:)

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  49. Thanks for sharing with us your memory of your good friend, your way of celebrating that friendship with your beautiful magnolia tree, and your lovely photos, Sarah. I am smiling at you in appreciation.
    xx,
    Gracie

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  50. Dear Sarah,
    I had not seen this post before today..
    I am so sorry about your dear friend, but what a beautiful tribute to your friendship.A living beauty to remember her ...
    Your garden is just lovely, and the tree is magnificent!
    blessings,
    Penny

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