Some time ago, shortly after my sister Ilene passed away, our friend Jan gave us a gift card to a favorite garden center in order to pick out some kind of a memorial piece for our garden.
Finally a week ago we went shopping. We are not adding plants to our garden now, so we thought of something decorative. Ilene loved her flowers and the birds and bees and butterflies they attracted. We decided on this glass bowl/birdbath and pedestal.Then we needed to decide where to put it. I wanted to see it when I sit on the patio. I wanted to protect it as much as possible by discouraging a certain cat from jumping up into it.
I decided it could rise above our collection of succulents and spiny plants, especially right over that wicked Agave.
I love how it plays happily with all of the colors of the plants and pots.
I don't know it the birds will find or use it, but I can go out to my garden and snip a flower to float in it and exchange a few thoughts with and about my sister. I miss her.
Then as for that memorable bloom - the Voodoo Lily is blooming, and with that color and that stink, it is unforgettable.
I counted eight blooms, but there might be more. With the heat we're having they are coming and going fast. I guess that's a good thing, since the smell is like rotten meat,
and they attract flies.
But with that color and exotic shape they are so beautiful.
I wonder if Ilene would have liked them.