Some heirlooms are living

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Not all family heirlooms are passed down in the form of silver, china, and crystal.   Sometimes, plants are passed from one location to another and the lineage of where they were planted goes with them.   That is true of the deep red peony above.   I remember it as being in my parents’ back yard – in the home where I was born and grew up.  My mother always cherished it and every year when it bloomed, it would bring a smile to her face.   She called it Grandma Weaver.  My mother had taken a cutting from the bush at her parents’ home when she and my father purchased their one and only home together.   I found out, my grandparents transplanted the bush from my grandfather’s mother’s home before they sold it after her death in 1945.  Where my great grandmother got her start on the peony bush, I am not sure.    Maybe, I need to skulk around at her parents’ home (yes, it is still there) and see if I see the deep red blooms.  I might be able to add another generation to the plant’s lineage.   My daughter has already made it known that she intends to take part or all of the plant when I am willing to let her.   And so the heirloom will continue.

About Pat Shaul

Genealogist / Family Historian; Blog started as a record of my Grandfather's post card collection which ran for 15 months. Then, in June, 2017, I changed over to reporting and commenting on notifications from the ANCESTRY app "We're Related" I then started to provide snippets into ancestor biographies on the dates that were significant anniversaries.
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