Column: Every Plant has a Story

Between today and next Saturday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Tuesday: The Kings County Record (Sussex)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Title: Every Plant has a Story

Snippet: When I was around twelve years old, Dad led me away from our camp that was located in the small community in which he was born and raised. He carried a small shovel and a plastic bag. When I asked him where we were going, he hushed me until we were out of earshot of the camp and Mom. Then he whispered, “We’re bringing home lupins.”

I recall the secrecy surrounding the digging up, bringing home and planting of this flower in the backyard of our permanent residence with innocent sneakiness. We didn’t tell Mom because she didn’t like the perennial and swore she’d never have it on her property. My father, on the other hand, adored the brightly-coloured, elongated flowers so much, he was willing to risk facing the wrath of the woman he loved to have it near.

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.


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