Mojo’s Memorial Garden
Flowers in the garden
Precious Love (Bush Rose) from Pammy
Mojo’s pink rose
The wildlife garden and pond
Mojo’s old paddock is a lovely area for wildlife and we have had ducks and a fox visit. We have planted some lovely trees and plants. Mojo’s favourite thistles and cow parsley have started to grow and I’ve planted some lovely wildflowers and seeds. Aaron has helped us make a beautiful pond, and birds and toads have started to use it already.
Prunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea (flowering cherry), Sorbus Pink Pagoda (rowan), Betula Pendula Tristis (weeping silver birch, because Mo loved to eat the silver birch that was next to her stable before it had to be cut down).
Nymphaea Marliacea Chromatella (water lily), Ranunculus Aquatilis (water crowsfoot), Hottonia Palustris (water violet), Equisetum Hyemale (Dutch rush), Lychnis Flos Cuculi ‘White Robin’ (white ragged robin), Lychnis Flos-Cuculi (pink ragged robin), Lychnis Flos-Cuculi ‘Terry’s Pink (dwarf ragged robin), Mentha Aquatica (water mint) and Oenanthe Javanica 'Flamingo' (variegated water dropwart) and Cardamine Pratensis (cuckoo flower), Cotula Coronopifolia (brass buttons), Nymphaea Mayla (water lily).
Plants around the pond
Buddleja, Sennetti Blue, Primula Denticulata Lilac, Syringa Red Pixie from Richard for my 59th birthday, Saxifrage, Ragged Robin, Cerynthe, Iris Sibirica (Caesar’s brother), Saxifraga X Urbium (London Pride), Bacopa Blue, Veronica Mountain Breeze, potentilla Fruticosa ‘Bellissima’ (chosen by Maisy) and Veronicastrum Sibiricum.
I’ve hung up my old stirrups and mini ones used for Lily and Maisy and other children who were lucky enough to have ridden Mo, on the stable wall outside. One of her shoes, painted silver now hangs on the door inside a wreath and Richard has put in an extra window to make it lighter inside. Little fairy lights twinkle under the roof at night and make it very pretty.
The inside of the stable now has a lovely mock fire place with a rocking chair either side. It’s become a cosy cabin, a retreat to spend time reflecting on happy memories of brushing Mojo and feeding her in the mornings. We spend a lot of time in there, especially after gardening and with Lily and Maisy. It’s a lovely place to relax, eat and drink tea or wine!
I hope that Mojo’s swallows will come back to the stable this year to nest as they didn’t come last year. Strange but I remember saying to Richard at the time, ‘I think it’s a sign that we will lose Mo this
year’. One swallow came on its own the day before Mothering Sunday. It flew straight into the stable while I was in there. I like to think Mo sent it to say hi! xxxx