When I think back to Mom and her Mother’s Day ritual, it revolved around ensuring that things went smoothly both in the greenhouses and in the vegetable field.
There really was precious little time for her to relax on Mother’s Day, and even if you were to suggest that she should take it easy on her special day, she couldn’t imagine not being out and about and chatting with customers in our greenhouses.
One question I still get asked regularly is, “What was your Mom’s favourite plant?” It seems like a pretty simple question, but she, like so many avid plant people, didn’t really have a favourite plant.
I did learn a lot about the plants that were dear to her when we walked around the greenhouses and fields. What she loved more than anything on these walkabouts was to graze on fruits and vegetables. She would grab a handful of raspberries, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, Nanking cherries and Saskatoons–among others–and pop them in her mouth. Peas and string beans were other favourites, along with some crunchy cucumbers.
Mom grew up in Buchanan, Saskatchewan and grazing was something that she did frequently in her parent’s garden–it was in her blood! She also kept cherry tomatoes in containers on her patio so that she could grab a handful anytime she had a craving for some sweet, juicy fruit.
When it came to flowers, she always planted a wide variety of bedding plants because she loved the masses of gorgeous flowers throughout the year. She also planted several rows of gladiolus corms because she loved to use the flower spikes in vases. During the summer, she always had massive displays of ‘glads’ in her living room and kitchen.
Now, while Mom would say that she didn’t have a favourite flower, if you really tried hard, and told Mom to pick just one flower that was special to her, she would always say it was the marigold.
That answer caught a lot of people by surprise because while marigolds are handsome flowers, they aren’t spectacular. Mom chose the marigold because it was the first bedding plant that launched Mom and Dad into their greenhouse business.
Today, whenever I am in the greenhouses and see the flats of marigolds growing in our greenhouses, I always think of Mom. For me, it’s as much symbolic as it is beautiful.
- Jim Hole
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