Monday, December 7, 2020

In a Vase on Monday: True Love

My nephew lost the center of his world, his fiancée Sofia, to cancer on Saturday.  Despite assertive efforts to save her life, she was lost to us little more than a month after she received her preliminary diagnosis.  Just 29 years old, she had a lot of life left to live and she and Alessio were already linked in pursuit of their life plans.  My heart hurts for him, her family and her friends.  I've thought of little else since I heard she was losing her battle so of course today's floral arrangement was created with Sofia, Alessio and the love they shared in mind. 

Front view

Back view

Top view

The vase contains: Top row - Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Caladium 'Debutante', and Correa pulchella 'Pink Eyre'
Middle row - Grevilleas 'Peaches & Cream' and 'Superb'
Bottom row - Cuphea micropetala, Mahonia x media 'Charity', and Osteospermum 'Double Moonglow'

If you'd like a better sense of Sofia and Alessio, you can learn more here.  For more IAVOM creations, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.



All material © 2012-2020 by Kris Peterson for Late to the Garden Party


20 comments:

  1. Kris, I'm so sorry for your loss and for the heartache of losing this special person. Your vase is filled with love and grace and beauty. Peace.

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  2. Your lovely gentle arrangement has its 'arms' held open wide with love and affection for your nephew and his beloved lost lady. Such sad news and I just pray he can find some comfort in his family and friends - and lovely gestures such as your arrangement today. Amanda

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  3. My condolences. Such a terrible loss for all of you. Though her life was short I am sure everyone will have wonderful memories and stories to keep her present and always in your thoughts.

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  4. This a horrible exclamation point on a horrible year. I'm so very sorry for your heartbreaking loss, Kris.

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  5. Losing your life to cancer at 29 is just so unfair - and within a month of diagnosis too... There will be a big hole in your hearts, Kris, and my thoughts are with you along with a big virtual hug. As Amanda said, your arrangement seems to be reaching out with a hug of its own...

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  6. So sad and cruel that one so young should succumb to this horrid disease. I'm sorry for your loss and for Alessio's heartbreak. I can't imagine how sad he must feel. I'm sending some light his way.
    Your vase is a lovely tribute, Kris, the grevillea is like love spiraling outwards. Beautiful.

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  7. Heartbreaking news Kris, my deepest sympathies. Your vase is a lovely and fitting tribute.

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  8. The loss of someone so young is always devastating and is so unfair. I am so sorry for your nephew's loss and for both families.

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  9. This is a gorgeous and “gentle” arrangement in tribute to Alessio’s and Sofia’s true love. I hope you, Alessio, Sofia’s family and friends feel all the love, sympathy, and compassion coming your way.

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  10. Shocking sad news - my sympathies to your extended family, especially your nephew.

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  11. Heartbreaking news. She was so very young. My condolences to all who loved her.

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  12. I love the way the correa is arrayed in the last photo. A friend of the family also died in his late 20s of malignant melanoma many years ago -- I was hoping there were better treatments available now. In reading the link, Sofia looks and sounds like a radiant person. My condolences on her loss, Kris.

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  13. This is heart breaking. Thank you letting us know. Last week I sent a sympathy card to a Master Gardener friend whose husband died suddenly of liver cancer that had not been diagnosed. I'll share a phrase from my note on the card - I don't remember writing it but she told me she liked my words and I do too. I wrote about going from the shock of loss into the world of memories. I'm so sorry that you all are now experiencing these words and I hope to memories will eventually help heal the pain.

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  14. Oh dear, that is so sad and unexpected. My thoughts are with you and your nephew and family. The arrangement is beautiful, as always, and a fitting tribute to a life that ended too soon.

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  15. A beautiful tribute to a life and love cut short. Big hugs and loving thoughts to all.

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  16. Oh Kris, I am so sorry, she was so young and that all happened so fast. Heart breaking. Your arrangement is beautiful.

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  17. Thanks to everyone for your kind thoughts and comments. This is the year from hell.

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  18. That is so very sad Kris. Her life was much too short. You have created a beautfiul arrangement. xx

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  19. Kris, I just read the link to Sofia, words are difficult to come by in response to your loss. Devastating to all who loved her, especially excruciating to lose someone so young. Lovely flowers for Sofia.I am also ready for this year to end. Hugs and Peace.

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  20. Oh I am so sorry to read this sad news Kris. Such a beautiful young woman who no doubt had so much more to give to the world. There must be a big hole left in many people's lives. Your vase of flowers if full of loving thoughts. Will be thinking of you and your family.

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