Just when I get to a day where I don't cry every time I talk about him, something sets me off. Honestly, I think this will just go on and on. It doesn't happen as often as it used to, so I guess I'm not totally bonkers. So I'm not going to even try to stop crying. It's part of the process ... I will do.
When Mr. Ralph died two years ago, rather than a wake, or funeral, or donations, or flowers ... I asked that our family and friends simply plant a red flower in his memory. He loved bright flowers of any kind. I prefer white and greenery. We had to take turns planning the scheme for putting out annuals every summer since it was hard to compromise!
He fell in love with red flowers in particular on a trip to Italy many moons ago. They happened to be geraniums and bougainvillea. Geraniums in window boxes and the bougainvillea around fences and walls. Stunning to drive by.
Today I planted a huge black pot with red flowers. A tall red salvia (hot lips), some geraniums, some petunias and a New Zealand impatiens. Probably way too much but I just needed some instant gratification. I’ll take a photo in a week or so to share.