Monday Mom and I went to the greenhouses and cemeteries for our annual trip.
We started at River Street Flowerland in Kalamazoo. It’s one of my favorite places in the whole world. This year, they had re-done the back area where all the trees and shrubs are. It is now a zen paradise. It’s what I’d like my garden to look like.
This year they had a few new varieties of catmint (nepeta). I have three plants of the walker’s low already, and added two more.
After the greenhouses, we stopped in at Station 66 for lunch. Love Station 66. Love.
Wednesday we went up to Lansing to get the cemeteries ready for Memorial Day. We started by driving past Great Lakes (landscape sadly lacking), Long Blvd (which looked amazing) and 435 Regent Street:
After our driving tour, we started at Mt. Hope with the Thorne/Cleary plot:
They hadn’t been by to cut and trim yet, so we hand-trimmed all the stones, and planted two brunnera and some marigolds.
Next, we headed over to the Beaubiens and put in a couple of marigolds:
After that, we drove to Evergreen. Again, the grass hadn’t been cut. We cleared and planted zinnias and marigolds on Grandma and Grandpa’s:
And then did some clearing and planted a little on Aunt Betty and Uncle Nick’s. The day was warm (80 degrees) and humid. We worked up a good appetite and headed back to Diamondale to the Village Ice Cream & Cafe for lunch before heading back home.
We spent all day talking about family, both those who are with us and those who have passed. We laughed and shared good memories. It was a very satisfactory day!