Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fiori e Canto


I've been mulling over Carol's idea about naming your garden. None of the names I was coming up with felt right...they didn't cover enough of the ideas/memories/thoughts that I was trying to include. But today while trying to put together my Bloom Day post between some garden work and Italian homework (I have this desire/delusion to learn to speak Italian, the language of my mom's parents, and have been studying it for a couple years) the perfect name just came to me. Therefore, from now on my garden will be known as 'Fiori e Canto' (Flowers and Song). This ties in the Italian with something else important to me. My mom loved to garden, she loved to sing, and she loved poetry. Long before she passed away (which was a little over ten years ago) she found a carved garden rock that said 'Flowers and Song.' Living in California she learned about Mexican history and one thing she found intriguing was that poetry was a combination of two words, flowers and song. It was so perfect for her and whenever I see or hear that phrase it reminds me of her.
For me, personally, flowers have many meanings. There are the actual flowers I love to grow, the flowers on the fruit and veggie plants that become food for the meals at my house, and the flowering/growing of the children in my care. Song also has personal meaning...the song of the birds (an interest I inherited from my dad and his mom), the voices of the children when we sing together (I really enjoy singing so it's a good thing I have kids to sing with since my mom did not pass her talent on to me!) and the enjoyment I get from listening to songs.
I think I'm ready to make a sign!

10 comments:

Carol said...

What a great name for your garden! It has meaning in so many ways for you. Yes, I think you are ready to put it on a sign.

Ciao!
Carol at May Dreams Gardens

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Che bella nome per il tuo giardino! It's been many years since I studied Italian, but it was very worthwile. Stick with it, it gets easier, especially if you go to Italy & are forced to speak it. (Great excuse for a trip!)

Connie said...

A lovely, romantic name for your garden...and a wonderful tribute to your dear Mom.

Gina said...

thats a beautiful name for your garden! I love it.

Annie in Austin said...

Leslie, I actually got misty reading this post - Fiori e Canto - what a wonderful name, and so full of meaning for you!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Katie said...

Excellent name - both personal and fitting.

Leanne said...

Perfect name! I had that clipping of the same in Spanish, which you gave me I think, for the longest time.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... Leslie, what a wonderful name. Not only does it have such great personal meaning, but also it just rolls off the tongue in Italian. (Well, I don't speak Italian, so I suppose I should have said that in my English pronunciation of it, it rolls off the tongue. *grin*)

I keep waiting... I hope that one day a name for my garden "hits" me, too.

blueblue said...

A lovely name...you know how some things stick in your head forever. I think flowers and song will every time I look at my blooms.

Leslie said...

Carol...now the hard part is finishing deciding what it will look like!
Mr. McGregor's Daughter...grazie! Sono andata in italia due anni fa...that's what started all this. I hope to go again some day...forse in due anni!
Connie...the Italian language is beautiful, isn't it? I think my Mom would be pleased.
Gina...I was so surprised when it came to me how perfect it was...I love it too!
Annie...you helped me work it through with your process for naming your own garden...thanks!
Katie...that's what I was waiting to have come to me...it just took a while!
Leanne...that's what was at the back of my mind and somehow came back to me...
Kim...I guess it works in English and Italian! I know your garden name will reveal itself when it's ready...
Blueblue...yes...the poetry is in each of our gardens...