This is the first year I've formally observed Dia de los Muertos, which I'm celebrating with Rebecca and Stephanie at dia de bloglandia. While I did not complete the shrine I started, it occurred to me that our backyard garden contains a variety of reminders of our family who have passed.
My husbands father was an avid gardener. He died before we married, and I so wish I'd have had more time to get to know him. His garden contained these lovely Autumn sedum.
My husbands mother was generous with her gardening knowledge and shared a variety of plants from her garden. This yarrow became quite invasive, (and a bit of a joke). However, after her death, it became a constant reminder of her generous love.
The love in a mist came from seeds from my Auntie Ruth, several years before she died. She was always generous with her seeds, and told us some of the seeds she shared were from plants originally given her by my Grandma Rose.
The frog statues in my garden remind me of my Auntie Rosemary, who told me once that frogs were protection. I've had one at my front door and throughout our garden since.
This angel sign was a gift from my daughter, and is something I continue to cherish in her memory.
Celebrating All Souls Day and Dia de los Muertos with