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I Cried Today in Napoleon's garden

post #1 of 29
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Today at last I had time to work on the memorial garden I am making for Napoleon. It is in a corner and will be just to the right as one walks in the front gate. It is all dug over, and a line of stepping stones go from the edge in a curve that ends in front of his marker stone. All the plants will be white-flowering, but so far I have only put a Philadelphus against the back hedge. I thought white iris, hellebores, lily of the valley and peonies would be good, with white iberis growing over the rockery that will define the edge of the garden. Up the wall that is at right angles to the hedge at the back I will put some climbers, maybe a white rose with either white wistaria or clematis. But it was hard, working there, I have been putting it off because I knew how it would be. I was clipping the hedge and I just broke down. And now I am starting again. But I must do it for him.
post #2 of 29
Oh that sounds beautiful! I sort of started a garden where Glory, and now Tiger are buried, but never got it finished yet. It was difficult. But sometimes, it's the most peaceful place there too. I hope when you get it done it will be that for you!
post #3 of 29
Aww Jenny so many things to bring back the memories, I'm sorry that you are feeling Sad. It brakes my Heart to know anyone is feeling that way. I have been down that road so many times and it never gets any better and that pain really never does leave. I'm sure that Garden will be Lovely when it's done
post #4 of 29
I'm sorry it was hard for you, but it is going to be beautiful. The plants you have chosen means there will be something in flower all year. It is a lovely way to remember your wonderful boy
post #5 of 29
The pain does manage to become rather acute again at times, doesn't it? A special memorial garden is a wonderful idea, though.
post #6 of 29
What a wonderful tribute to Napoleon. Hugs from me to you to help you not feel so sad. Napoleon is still with you in your heart.

The only thing I would say is be careful of the Lily of the Valley. I have some in my garden and it spreads like the dickens and is hard to keep tamed.
post #7 of 29
I can't think of anything more lovely to do for your Napoleon... and the all-white theme will be cool and soothing all year 'round. What a wonderful idea!

And I'll bet Napoleon is right beside you, keeping you company as you work.
post #8 of 29
Jenny, what a lovely memorial for your sweet boy. I hope when it's done, it will be a place of peace for you.
post #9 of 29
What a wonderful memorial for Napoleon! There's beauty in your tears, too, because he is worth crying over.
post #10 of 29
The garden will be beautiful I'm sure. It's such a touching tribute to your special boy
post #11 of 29
this will be beautiful. i'm sorry you are feeling sad but this is such a nice way to remember your boy.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles View Post
But sometimes, it's the most peaceful place there too
I believe this is what it will be. It will be such a beautiful peaceful place for you. Sure you may cry, but thats not a bad thing and over time I think you will come to find such peace in Naploeon's garden.
No doubt its going to be a tough road getting it finished but oh what a wonderful thing your doing. You have such a beautiful heart
post #13 of 29
We all understand how you're feeling Jenny. Great tribute to your beautiful boy, and like Anne said, you will have several seasons of bloom.
post #14 of 29
It's going to be wonderful. And part of the reason we feel driven to make memorials for our loved ones is that it helps us to grieve, and then in time when the pain is less acute, it helps us to remember with love.
post #15 of 29


He will love it, and come and visit it often.

I know that you miss him so much it hurts, and that there are days where it seems like it won't end. Just know that we are here for you to help you through this time.

and to you.
post #16 of 29
It will be a beautiful tribute to him and your tears are helping you heal.
post #17 of 29
Jenny, I would love to see photos of this garden when it is complete. We all share in your sorrow and have lost precious fur babies ourselves. You are not alone hun.
post #18 of 29
Your garden sounds like it will be absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful memorial.
post #19 of 29
It sounds like a perfect lovely tribute to your boy. I know how hard it is to be there but you will be so pleased when its finished.

Hugs
post #20 of 29
Jenny, I know you are sad about Napoleon, I don't think that will ever change, but what a beautiful memorial you are planning, I know he is with you always
post #21 of 29
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I am looking for a cat sculpture to put there. So far I have only found rubbish or terribly expensive pieces, and none that remind me of him. There is time, and I will know it when I see it.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by jennyranson View Post
I am looking for a cat sculpture to put there. So far I have only found rubbish or terribly expensive pieces, and none that remind me of him. There is time, and I will know it when I see it.
That sounds so beautiful.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Epona View Post
It's going to be wonderful. And part of the reason we feel driven to make memorials for our loved ones is that it helps us to grieve, and then in time when the pain is less acute, it helps us to remember with love.
Jenny, it sounds like just what you need. It will be lovely, and I'm sure Napoleon was right there next to you.



Laurie
post #24 of 29
Awwww Jenny Any one of us would break down doing the same thing

Napolean is there with you, thats why the emotions come through so strong
post #25 of 29
Another nice white flower is anemone sylvestris. Daisies too could work. A nice white rose is Blanc Double de Coubert. Another one (low ground cover) is "snow in summer-it starts with a "C". I know lots more white flowers-let me know. I was working in my alpine bed digging out some grasses that didn't survive the winter and was stepping back over the spot were Sheba is buried-its tough "walking" around that area.
As for sculptures-I found some nice sayings on icky looking "rocks". I found
an artist who when I email Sheba's pic can re-create on a rock and add whatever I want-his stuff looked pretty good-you might want to look into a local artist.
post #26 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks Gail. Yes, anemones are a good idea. I want there to be something in bloom all year round. Both autumn and spring crocus might be good, too. He has his big triangular marker stone (it was the best one we could find in the garden when we buried him), and I will put his name on that, but I thought it would be nice to have a white cat statue sitting in the garden, too. I wll post pix when it is all laid out andplanted, but rain is forecast all week, so I don't know how much I will get done. It's a shame, because my daughter arrives today for a few days at halfterm break, and I know she wants to help me with it.
post #27 of 29
What a wonderful memorial to your boy.
post #28 of 29
If there are not any plants there yet you could tarp the soil too keep it dry??
Keep the plants in the barn and some extra soil dry too??
post #29 of 29
Jenny it sounds so lovely, and once everythings in flower we'd love to see a picture of it
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