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October 27, 2009

The Grandma Tree

A few days after my Grandma passed away, Coach’s Dad gave us a Yellow Tabebuia tree to plant in our yard in Grandma’s memory.

Isn’t that just the nicest gift ever? Yes, I have said before how lucky I am to have two (thanks to the beauty of 2nd marriages) wonderful sets of in laws.

I chose the perfect spot to plant The Grandma Tree too. Just off the pool lanai area, where she is visible from the kitchen, family room, back hall, the master bedroom and of course the lanai too.

Right now she looks like this:P1030299

When this type of tree is moved, it will drop every singe leaf. she is bare naked.

We planted her a few weeks ago…and apparently she is happy because she is already sprouting leaves!!!!

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This is what a mature Tabebuia tree looks like. They have a short, but intense blooming period…I think in March. Not sure if ours will bloom this coming year, or maybe wait a year?4182

One thing I did learn about these trees is that the more mature they become, the more blooming they will do. I think that is pretty cool...

getting older makes you show more of your true color!

Which sums up my Grandmas’ life perfectly.

If she was full of anything, she was full of color!!!




29 comments:

Lori said...

How a wonderful gift! I think it is really cool that as it gets older it will show more of it's color. And I think it's cool that in many way we are the same way. Your grandma was a very cool woman!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely remembrance of your Grandma and such a thoughtful gesture. You will all enjoy watching that little tree over the years.

Allison said...

A lovely gift--when my Mom passed away this year, her dear friend gave us a hydrangea in her name. I think that gifting live plants is a truly wonderful way to honor a loved one's memory. I'll look forward to seeing if you post photos of it blooming in March 1010!

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

That is such a nice and unique gift. And, like you said, each year as it grows it will only get better and better. I'd like to think that we are all like that, getting better with age like a fine wine or musty cheese. And when it fills up with those lovely blooms it will be a reminder of her love and spirit each year. :)

mom x 2 said...

That is a great gift! What a wonderful way to keep the memory :) I can't wait to see it in full bloom!

Shelley said...

This is such a thoughtful and heartfelt gift - I love it! That is going to be a beautiful tree! I think planting a tree is one of the best ways to honor someones memory.

I Am Woody said...

What a wonderful gift!! Good Lord, that is one beautiful tree:)

George said...

This is truly a wonderful gift and from everything you've said about your grandmother and the tree it is entirely appropriate as a memorial for your grandmother.

Jen said...

What a thoughtful gift to remember Grandma.

Dawn said...

this makes me so happy suz... and yes, you are so luck to have such great inlaws! i love that they know how lucky they are to have YOU!

Betsy Banks Adams said...

Hi Suz, I'm catching up on blogs. I think it may take me a year!!!! ha... I did read through all of yours this past week. Love your kitchen. It's so roomy!!!!

And the Tabebuia tree is perfect for you to keep your Grandma alive in your heart. What a gorgeous tree. I love the yellow!!!!

Hope you have had a good week. I've missed you.
Hugs,
Betsy--who is THRILLED to be home 'finally'

Pam said...

Aw, I love this! And it's going to make a stunning addition to your yard too. Can't wait to see it come spring! : )

Susan said...

What a beautiful way to remember your Grandma, everytime you look at her tree!

Stephanie said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate a life:)

Unknown said...

That's a beautiful, thoughtful gift. No wonder Coach is such a great guy; he was taught by one! I think yellow is a perfect color for your grandma, too - so bright and strong and happy. That tree will be a joy every day! XO

Clippy Mat said...

gorgeous.
great tree.
great tribute.
i hope you have many years together.
:-)

Big Hair Envy said...

What a wonderful gift, and a beautiful tribute to your grandma! **still missing my grandma every day**

Janie said...

A tree is a wonderful memorial, and one that blooms with such color is totally appropriate for your grandmother.

Bogey said...

Hello Busy Bee, first let me thank you for stopping by my blog today thru Lori and leaving such a nice comment. That was very thoughtful.

Second, what a marvelous treasure that tree will be in the coming seasons. A never ending reminder of the life lived by a special Grandmother. I am sure it will bring you some happy thoughts for years to come.

Shell in your Pocket said...

So wonderful and beautiful..what a great tribute!

sandy toe

ChiTown Girl said...

What an AWESOME gift. It's not hard to see that the apple didn't fall far from the tree in Coach's family, huh?

Najia said...

Perfection in the form of a gift. Perfection for you too, as this tree will serve to clean the air you breathe in your home as well. She will never be far away. ((hugs))

By the way, because of your posts recently, I've made it a point to visit my grandmother (Bobo) on Wednesdays again. I stopped going as often after my mom got mad that I married outside of Islam. Now, I go anyway. It's tough with the tension in the air, but I don't care. I love my Bobo and I want to thank you for reminding me what is important in life...time spent with those we love.

C said...

what a beautiful gift idea and it will live on just like your precious gramma. beautiful truly beautiful... in thought and in deed.
hugs,

chris

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

What a fantastic idea. And a gorgeous tree!

Suz Broughton said...

Wonderful post! I think it's the perfect gift to remember your Grandma.

Rebecca Foster said...

What a wonderful gift and reminder of your grandma's special life spirit. I love it! I'm going to remember this one.

I look forward to future pictures of it flowering.

Unknown said...

I love this very, very much. Beautiful!

Technodoll said...

Most beautiful BB, very heart-warming. Your attitude towards life is so very inspiring!!

Maggie said...

Thats beautiful Suz, what a lovely gift.