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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Brut Thursday-Growing Together: A special plant.
When we dug Brut's grave, we dug it about 5 feet deep. At the very bottom was pure, untouched lake/river sand. As probably many years ago there was water running through where our house now stands. Hubby, Mark, grabbed a scoopful of this sand from Brut's grave and we have saved it. Not really sure for what, just to have a part of the Earth where Brut lays.
Fast forward to November 2016 and the day we found out that Silver had a mammary gland tumor. I took cuttings off of my Kalanchoe plant and placed them in water. I wanted the hope and growth that plants bring, hoping Silver would get better. When she passed away in January of this year, I almost forgot about the cuttings and their meaning. I had a jar full of roots and stalks that needed planting. I think it was the end of February when I finally got around to doing so.
There is nothing specific about the Kalanchoe plant that I felt was attached to Silver when I took the cuttings. I needed to trim back the original plant in hopes of getting it to flower and I hate just throwing cuttings away, so I planned to grow the cuttings for Silver.
Kalanchoe plants are a succulent plant, meaning they needed a sandy, loose soil, much like cacti. This is where Brut's sand came into play. I took the cuttings for Silver and the sand from Brut and mixed it in the soil creating fertile ground those little plants to thrive. And thrive it has as you can tell from the picture above.
A very special plant that combines tragedy and loss and brings them together for life and growth.
A wonderful gift that keeps giving, my Silver and Brut.