Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Mother's Day, and More

I spent Mother's Day with my Mother, my brother and his wife, and my sister Laurie, and some of her family at her home near Winlock, WA. My brother-in-law Arn did all of the cooking! Quite impressive! Later in the day we took Mom back to her home in Molalla, OR. We stayed over night with her, and in the morning we set out the pots of geraniums we had raised for her in our green house. Then we went shopping for petunias and Tom and I got those planted out for her. I took my little lap top, and surprisingly enough, I got an Internet connection while sitting at her dining room table, so I showed her what email and my blog looked like. I even Googled the name of a flower for her. She has poor eyesight, so I don't know how much she got out of it, but at least she had the opportunity to see what I'm always talking about. She finds it incomprehensible. But then even though we know how to use it, most of us have no idea how it works either, do we? On the way back home Monday afternoon, Tom and I stopped at the Hulda Klager Lilac Garden. This was the private garden of a lady who, late in life, began to propagate lilacs, and developed many different varieties. Her home is located in Woodland, WA. After her death in 1960, the garden was rescued form development by a local garden club. Over the years the garden and the house have been restored, until now it is a place of great beauty once again.
The garden's season only runs through Mother's Day, but they were still open in hopes of selling plants. It seems a shame to close when it is just now the peak of lilac season.
It was a beautiful, restful and fragrant stop on our trip back home.


  1. lovely lilac garden, sounds like a lovely mother's day. don't you love it when the guys cook?

  2. Hi Linda, thanks for visiting.
    I am glad you had a lovely Mother's Day. Nice to see your Mother. I spent Tues., wed, and thursday at my Mothers and then off I went to eastern Washington.

    I bet the Lilac gardens were beautiful. In Ea. Wa., there are so many Lilacs. Most every house where I was had hedges of Lilacs and some bushes were huge trees and thick with blossoms. I know they like the sun but they must like the drier climate also.

    BTW__Why are we both us up this late? LOL MB

  3. Wow, Linda! That garden is just fabulous! I love the wisteria hanging so beautifully. I'm so glad you had such a nice time with your mom, brother and sister-in-law. Mother's Day is truly a family time.
    By the way: Remember how I said we sort of led parallel lives? I lost my son at the Sears clothing racks! Maybe it was Pennys? Scared me to death!

  4. Thanks Linda for your comment on my blog. You're right on target. I guess I'm just one of those people that keeps the water moving in life.

    These pictures are wonderful. Washington must be a beautiful place.

    Your mother is such a cute little lady and so pleasant looking. Enjoy her while you can. Mothers leave a big hole when they leave us.

  5. Magnificent photos! I love lilacs. We can't grow them down here. As for the internets, they are a "series of tubes." ;)

  6. I am gradually catching up and I missed so much..Kay's foot...Your greenery makes me so hopeful that it will warm up here soon and stay warm...

  7. I'd love to show this place to my dad. He loves lilacs!


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