Saturday, May 16, 2015

Joan's Garden

                 This is the house of a couple who are some of our best friends. Joan & Andy.

My friend Joan passed away a few months ago. She was a wonderful gardener. Her husband moved into a retirement home and sold the house. A few days ago, he told me to go out back and look at her flowers. They were all blooming. The new buyers had not moved in yet and the house was still empty.  Here is what I found, a beautiful memory of Joan's Garden. 













I was with Joan on the night she died. The last thing she said to me was that she will be walking on streets of gold. I know you are, Joan.

“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

Revelation 21


36 comments:

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is a sweet post sharing with us the beautiful flowers that were from Joan's lovely home. I'm sorry about her passing. It was so nice of her hubby to invite you to see her pretty flowers one more time. What a green thumb she had!

Linda said...

Dear Ginny, what gorgeous photos!!! Your header is stunning. Such a gorgeous garden. And your comment about Joan walking the streets of gold brought tears to my eyes, dear friend. Very touching.

Ann said...

Beautiful flowers. Joan had a lovely garden

A Quiet Corner said...

Only the BEST gardeners are "chosen" you know...:)JP

Mildred said...

Yes, Joan is walking on streets of gold and a very blessed new owner will enjoy her lovely garden here on earth. Your photos are wonderful.
Hope you have a nice Sunday.

Margaret Adamson said...

What a wonderful garden full of beautiful and colourful flowers which you have photographed so well. I hope you will print them all off, put in a little folder and give them to Andy as a keepsake of Joan's garden.

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely--both the garden and the memory.

Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

and i am sure the garden in heaven far surpasses the flowers on earth.. these are gorgeous, the colors are amazing. a beautiful garden and the perfect tribute to Joan for her husband.

Patsy said...

What lovely flowers and hope her husband is doing well, so sad to have a mate leave you.

Brocante hobbykamer said...

Lovely garden !

Ruth Kelly said...

She left a beautiful memory behind.

DawnTreader said...

Lucky new owners to get such a beautiful garden. And a lovely memorial to your friend to take these photos.

Joy said...

Wow! What a beautiful garden. But I am sure that Joan is enjoying the most beautiful garden now:)

Tamago said...

What a touching post. Joan's garden is beautiful. She left such a wonderful memory xoxo

Karen said...

What beautiful last words. I just heard that song "I Can Only Imagine".

SweetMarie said...

Joan was a talented gardener. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. Beautiful post.

Ruth Hiebert said...

The flowers are beautiful. It is such a comfort to know that loved ones who have gone on ahead are enjoying beauty far beyond anything we see here on earth.

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous flowers ---and I'm so glad that you were able to see them now... Joan is smiling down I'm sure.. AND--I'll bet she is growing beautiful flowers in heaven right now....

God Bless You, Ginny.. I know you miss her.
Hugs,
Betsy

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

you must be a very special friend. I hope the husband is feeling ok now, moving out of the house and losing her.

Small Kucing said...

Lovely, Ginny. It's so vibrant and such "happy" colors there. Have a great week!

Nancy Chan said...

I am sure Joan's husband missed her and her garden very much. Her garden and flowers are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this post with us.

Rose said...

Oh, Ginny, these are glorious!

DeniseinVA said...

Your friend Joan was a very special lady and she left a wonderful legacy, not only because of who she was, but because of all the loving care she put into her garden. These photos are gorgeous Ginny.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

They are so beautiful. I hope the new owners will appreciate her legacy.

EG CameraGirl said...

I do hope the new owners appreciate the gardens and take good care of the plants!

Ceil said...

Oh Ginny...what a bitter/sweet trip you made to Joan's house. Her flowers and plantings are just gorgeous, and I feel bad that her husband can't enjoy them anymore.

Walking on streets of gold. Wow. What a special time you had with her on her last day on earth. What a gift to you, and to her. Your photos just ooze the love you have for her.
God bless you!
Ceil

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I love her "walking the streets of gold" hand 'n' hand with her maker.

Beautiful yard.

Ginny said...

Welcome back! Seems like you have been gone forever, but you really came back with a bang! Beautiful!! I had to enlarge it!

Terra said...

The magnificent flowers are a beautiful kind message from Joan to all who see them and a tribute to her gardening skill.

George said...

Your friend Joan had a beautiful garden, and your wonderful pictures are a great memorial to her.

Shug said...

sorry Ginny for the loss of your friend. a great post to remember her by. The hard work she did in her backyard has Blessed many.

Weekend-Windup said...

Joan's garden looks very beautiful with bright colors of flowers all around. This shows her interest in gardening.

What Karen Sees said...

So beautiful, and I agree, she is now seeing even more glorious sights. Hope the new owners appreciate the garden and give it tender, loving care.

photowannabe said...

Her flowers are such a beautiful tribute. It's wonderful that you could see them and take pictures too.
Yes Ginny, Grandchildren really do make the world go around and I would do anything for mine.
My Granddaughter is in the first photo playing the French Horn.
The Band was really talented and played some glorious music.

Lady Jane said...

Beautiful post Ginny. Glad you got to take pics and tour your friends garden one last time and you shared them with us.

Carla from The River said...

Beautiful post and such a true statement she said to you. I will be praying.
xx oo
Carla