Garden Photo of the Day

From a Beautiful Tree to Holiday Traditions in CT

By Kim Charles

Lesa Moemeka from Rocky Hill, CT shows us a glimpse of what Christmas means to her.

"This is my absolute favourite time of year and decorating the tree with my 8 year old son is a must. All our ornaments have been collected over the years and we have a 'more is more' approach with a twist. There is usually a dominant colour, which for this year is red and is pronounced here in the berry spikes. Excess ornaments are placed in oversized clear vases to enhance the decor.

I have also copied a paragraph below that accompanied this photo on my Instagram account @topiarylavender

Finalement! I have been struggling with my normally ever present Christmas spirit this year. I had to dig deep to pull it out for my darling family. Meaning, hours of Christmas carols on iTunes Radio, a roaring fireplace, and mugs of hot chocolatey marshmallow goodness. I threw in a little prayer for good measure as well. My baby boy hugged me tight and said "Mommy, I love and appreciate all you do for me."  How could I not have Christmas cheer after that? I just LOVE being his mommy. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS!"

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  1. user-3565112 12/12/2016

    This is a beautifully decorated tree your son & you have created. The room with it's Christmas decorations & décor is a cozy ,.warm display of the spirit of Christmas.
    Great work & Merry Christmas to you & your family , Joe

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you so much for you kind and thoughtful response, Joe.

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    meander_michaele 12/12/2016

    Your room with the tree has such a warm and welcoming glow and your tree will definitely get a thumbs up from Santa...especially since it's conveniently located near his entry point, the fireplace. But, then again, you already got the best present of all...the loving and appreciative hug from your little boy.

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you meander1!

    2. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      My face lights up from the beauty of this comment, meander1. Thank you!

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        meander_michaele 12/12/2016

        Hi, Lesa, I just came back from spending some time on your Instagram many beautiful pictures to enjoy. You have a wonderfully talented eye for framing your subject matter to maximize its beauty or interest. Looks like your life is filled with many blessings including your adorable son.

        1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

          You have my heartfelt appreciation for such a lovely complement. It is truly appreciated, AND many thanks for taking the time out to view my instagram account! Happy Gardening!

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    treasuresmom 12/12/2016

    Beautiful tree with beautiful ornaments and I imagine a beautiful boy too.

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you, kind treasuresmom ?

  4. user-4691082 12/12/2016

    Dear Lesa,
    You have created a warm and loving home. There is nothing more beautiful than raising up the next generation of grateful people. Well done and Merry Christmas!

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you Rhonda! I truly hope he continues on this path.

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    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you Lily!

  6. Cenepk10 12/12/2016

    Awww. Heartwarming story & beautiful tree & room !!!!

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you Cenepk10!

  7. eddireid 12/12/2016

    Hello Lesa, Thank you for showing us your lovely tree and Cosy room with stockings hung by the fire. Our Family Tree is the most favorite part for us, too. We look forward to digging out the ornaments dating back over fifty years or more, telling the tale of each to our granddaughters as they pick through and choose their favorites to hang on the tree. My husband puts on Christmas music for us to work by, the fires are lit - it is all magical.
    Marry Christmas to you all.

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you, Eddi. It is my hope that I
      will be able to tell this story as I decorate the tree with my own grandchildren a couple decades from now. Thank you for sharing your story. ??? MERRY Christmas!

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    LindaonWhidbey 12/12/2016

    What a beautiful tree and cozy room you've created, Lesa. You have a lucky son. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

    1. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

      Thank you Linda!

  9. topiarylavender 12/12/2016

    Hello! This is Lesa, the featured photo is my own. I appreciate all your kind words. My son is beside himself with excitement, he thinks that we are now "superstars!" If only it were this easy ? Well as I mentioned in the article, you may follow me on instagram using the handle @topiarylavender (my fledgling gardening and lifestyle blog) to view lots more photos etc. Thank you kindly!!
    P.S. my website is

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