I have 2 curly willow trees in my yard that hold a lot of sentimental value in my heart. Both trees were started from cuttings that were placed in flower arrangements for my baby sister's funeral.
My baby sister died 3 1/2 years ago and I miss her so much. The willow cuttings had rooted in the flower arrangements and I didn't know it until I went to throw the dried flowers out (I saved some for flower pressings). When I saw the roots, I knew I had to keep these little trees alive.
The first year, I grew them in pots and babied them through the summer, fall and winter. By the spring of 2006, they were big enough to have a permanent place in yard.
Now I have two wonderful trees that remind me of my sister every time I look at them. This method of rooting trees or other plants is a great way to memorialize a loved one.
I am a married mother of 3 grown daughters and I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I currently have a gardening column in the Sunday's Advocate Messenger and I freelance for Kentucky Monthly magazine and Examiner.com.