Regular readers of this blog might remember this picture of my sister’s garden. This was taken after my brother-in-law suddenly passed away in July. Many of you had mentioned in your comment that the garden would be a part of the healing process…
We meet as often as we can, more so after the tragedy. This was taken in November on one of her visits to my place. Seated next to her is my little nephew who’ll turn three in February. Gradually he’s realizing that his dad will never be back.
My nieces with my younger son at one of the eateries in town– Mainland China.
Working on the beds in October and November. These are the vegetable plots in the backyard. The time, the effort, and the anticipation of a thriving garden has certainly been a welcome diversion. Although the planting is done every year, the fervour is more this year. Afternoons are spent here rather than being inside the house….
A locally grown leafy vegetable known as lai is a hot winter favourite. Here’s she’s picking the best leaves for me!
Dilip, my b-i-l used to love the bird’s eye chilli. The plant flourishes next to several flowering plants. Even the bird love them!
My nephew tells me he has a lot of work to do. Like picking up pebbles and clods of earth!!
In December and January mum’s the word!:)
Taken about a week ago…you can see the many floral additions to the front-yard. Marigolds and mums bloom. Butterflies flit about. earlier it was where the family would sit in the sun and watch the several birds on the guava and other trees. Red-throated barbets, parrots, shrikes, and kites are usually seen in this area.
In the far end of the garden cordylines bloom. In the background is the Mexican Oleander and Sleeping Hibiscus. New flowering plants have been added, all in Dilip’s memory. When a garden thrives under the gardener’s care it says so much more, not just about the garden but about other aspects of life as well. And from wherever he may be, he’ll know that his beloved family is slowly coming to terms with what happened on a Sunday morning in July.