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My great-grandmother's lilac     IMAG0201#3-1

The sad tall branches in the background are from the roots taken from my great-grandmother's grave at Emida, Idaho. The old bush has never been pretty, except for the lovely blossoms, and it is sending out new shoots in front, which look very healthy. I draped raspberry canes over them so they wouldn't look so scrawny.

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Comment by Daniel W on September 12, 2013 at 9:24pm

Jan, your garden across generations gives a sense of continuity and history.  I have only a few items from my parents - some Sempervivum, my Dad told me he obtained from his parents, who obtained it from their parents; Sedum sarmentosum given to me by a retired neighbor, when I was a boy.  Ginkgo trees grown from seeds my Dad collected from a neighbor's tree - that neighbor was an elderly, free-thinking German man who taught me the ginkgos were from the time of dinosaurs.  A  few others are the same cultivar that my ancestors grew - the Egyptian Walking onions, and Yellow Potato onions.  And then a few, inherited from myself, Garlic chives I grew as a boy, that went wild in my parents yard, and I retrieved starts for myself 40 years later, and aforementioned Sedum sarmentosum, which also persisted 4 decades until I obtained a start.

Those give me a sense of continuity.  Growing them now, maybe they will persist for someone who follows.

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