I’ve been anxious to share our completed new pet memorial garden this year, ever since we first told you about it back in April and May. It’s been a work in progress, but has not yet reached completion! It probably won’t be completed this year – we’ve had too many projects this spring and summer around the farm. The Dadz needs to put a step in front of it, and shore it up better – some of the soil is eroding out. But he’s been busy getting firewood ready for next winter, and getting a fence around our veggie garden. It’s important to be warm this winter, and to keep our veggies away from the hungry wildlife!
I still got things planted in there though, I just never got to make it pretty with wood chips and more flowers like I wanted. I also misjudged just how much shade the garden was going to get, so some of the things I planted weren’t appropriate and didn’t grow. When we first started the garden, the leaves weren’t all out, and I didn’t realize just how many branches hung over it that would leaf out and shade everything! That’s OK, my original memorial garden at our old house was a shade garden too, so I know what plants to get for next year. As it turns out, the nasturtiums I planted in there that I had started from seed took over well anyway!
Let me backtrack just a bit for newer readers and those who might not remember our old memorial garden. When we were in the process of moving, I wrote a whole series about the garden and how sad I was to leave it behind. It was always my plan to start a new one here, but I didn’t anticipate just how many gardens and flowers were already here! I set up my trellis, with the tags from all the pets we had lost while living in our old house for over 20 years, in what I call the “barn garden” here, but things grew so high in there it kind of got lost.
The first pet we lost at this house, our golden retriever Sheba, went to the Bridge in January of 2017. She was cremated and her ashes sat on our jelly hutch for many months. It was my intention to bury her but it just didn’t happen. When we lost our beagle Cricket just over a year later, I realized what I’d been waiting for. I wanted to bury the two girls at the same time; thus our new memorial garden was conceived. Though they had their issues at times, they were best friends and typical sisters. The girls were buried at the site of the new garden, along with one of our chickens who had been killed by a fox (we lost 3 birds to the fox this year, but only one body was recovered). I wonder what the girls thought of that!
I wanted to use some of the lawn/garden ornaments that had been in the old garden in this one; but I also wanted to add something new. I found the fun chickens you’ll see in the photos on my spring girls’ shopping trip, and that seemed perfect. Now we’ll tell the rest of the story with our photos:
Even though it’s incomplete, we love our garden, and I often walk by there in the morning, sometimes with Luke, and say “good morning” to the girls. We also put it in a place where I can see it when I’m sitting on our couch in the living room, and from our bedroom window. We can see the lights in front at night. I want to feel like our girls, and the memories of all of our pets, are always with us, wherever we are. ♥
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