My Gardening Family: Farewell Auntie Sheila

Prunella vulgaris
LHS: Self-heal, Prunella vulgaris.

My Auntie Sheila, a lifelong gardener, is to have her final garden planted tomorrow. I’ve just completed my last bit of gardening advice for Sheila’s farewell.

Sheila wanted a natural burial, and tomorrow my cousins have organised for her to be laid to rest in an eco-coffin under a forest tree in the grounds of the Sustainability Centre within Hampshire’s South Downs National Park.

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After interment, mourners are allowed to plant local native wildflowers on the site. So I have recommended the following, grown by the Sustainability Centre’s native nursery.

These plants will grow well amongst each other around the base of Auntie’s tree.

Bless her!

Jerry Coleby-Williams
9th July 2020


7 Comments Add yours

  1. Bev Ferrier says:

    I am so sorry for yours and your family’s loss.
    What a beautiful way to finish one’s life.
    R.I.P. Aunty Sheila.

  2. Liz Johnston says:

    I am sorry for your loss. Sheila would have been very proud of your achievements, even far away in Australia.I am the least of gardeners but the best of followers of your posts which always interest me. I have learned to love my unfinished, unruly garden for the lessons it teaches me in patience and that life is like a garden to be accepted as it is, to be loved, to be respected, to understand it will never be perfect and to learn to accept it as it is at any time of its progress and regress.

  3. Caz McCallum says:

    My sincerest condolences Jerry.

  4. jenwoodforde says:

    A beautiful tribute to your auntie, my deepest condolences to you and your familyJerry.

  5. Erika Parkinson says:

    I love the posts you have written about your Aunt. And her ideas for having wildflowers Planted round her burial site really appeal. Those eco cocoons are great too.

  6. Kaye says:

    Jerry such a special contribution by you.You must wish you were in attendance. My sincere sympathy, it’s a difficult time when people you love move on to heavens garden.

  7. Alison Lambert says:

    The flowers live on as memories through all life’s seasons.

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