Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Cancer Survivor's Garden - The Flowers

I have been writing about the disasters and weeds in a cancer survivor's garden.  In among the weeds, my flowers still survive.  To the right  are some of the flowers I arranged for Mom's memorial service in August 2011.

The photo on the left is of flowers in buckets before we arranged them for a wedding.  These are also from August 2011.  This photo was taken about three weeks after Mom's service.  I adore lilies.

During most of my illness, I still sold flowers.  Working with color and beauty was part of my healing process.

The arrangement on the right was for a church.  The dark roses are Hot Cocoa, which has been unbelievably prolific.  The arrangement also includes several English roses.  I love my bright blue hydrangea seen toward the bottom of the arrangement.  I have a Cancer Survivor's Garden story about the poor hydrangea.

Despite neglect, my flowers continue to delight  my customers and lift my spirit.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous! I still wrote during my illness too and that was definitely an important part of my healing process. Great post!

  2. I'm so glad you figured out how to include photos in your posts because these are just plain gorgeous! I'm in awe of anyone who can arrange flowers. I can't put a bud in a bud vase and make it look right!
    I love those Hot Cocoa roses. Have you ever been to the Chocolate Flower Farm in Langley, WA? I haven't, but I've bought their candles in gift shops. Here's the link to their website: http://www.chocolateflowerfarm.com/home

  3. Thank you for the flower pics as I have enjoyed reading your blog and listening to you tell your story through it. There is something so therapeutic about growth and wildness, order and chaos in the garden and dirt, soil, that makes my soul more content.

    I have been weeding with my eldest FASD'er while my youngest has been back in the hospital. Feels so good to look at something and see it done, then put in some new plants. Finally got veggies in, and some new flowers as well. I don't quite remember all the stuff I planted last year, so watching it come back has been fun. This year I'm doing a little better at leaving name spikes around! I don't have a window out to my garden, but I have a lovely swing on my front porch overlooking the garden, and patio off to the other side. Nice reading space, thinking space, relaxing space.


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