This month two years ago a friend of our family's passed away.
We didn't know him all that well, but he was a good friend and mentor to Number One Son, especially during his university years. I think that if we had known him for longer we would have become life-long friends.
He was a gardener, so when he passed we planted a tree for him, and now every August it blooms beautifully in our garden. It's small yet, but really is becoming stunning!
I can't count how many trees I have planted as memorials for people and pets. Past and present gardens are full of trees and shrubs with sweet memories.
We raise a cup of British tea to Ray.