In November of 2012 my mother passed away and I became caretaker of her Grape Ivy plant. The funny thing is though, that my mother was never a gardener. I remember that when I was a child, my mother used to sit on the front lawn and try to find four-leaf-clovers but my father was the one who loved to plant and care for gardens.
My mother had a lot of house plants though, drought tolerant house plants. 🙂 The Grape Ivy above is at least 25 years old if not older. She also had a wax plant which had such a strong fragrance when it bloomed, she used to cut off the flower buds. Also a Christmas cactus. The wax plant and cactus were very old, I remember the wax plant as a child. It hung on an iron tripod built by my uncle. Now both of these plants reside with my son and his family.
When I brought the grape ivy home in April of 2013 it was looking pretty sad, my brother said he had “thrown water on it a couple of times” between the time of my mother’s death and the following April. When I brought it home I repotted it and trimmed it way back. It sat on the top of a china cabinet from then until yesterday when I moved it to the top of an antique sideboard.
I hope that this plant will live a long time to come. Perhaps when I am gone from this earth, it will move to my son’s to join the others.