One thing that really stood out to me was during my stay in Baumholder, Germany. While there, I spent some time just walking through the town. I happened to wander into a cemetery- I know, weird- but I find them fascinating.
First, I was amazed at the amount of fresh flowers on the graves. The graves themselves, appeared a bit larger, maybe because the actual space allotted was a bit more defined by granite or marble. The headstones seemed to be a bit more artistic, yet still simple. One that definitely stood out to me was a grave covered in granite with a cut out shaped like a cross. Inside the opening of the cross, a boxwood hedge had been planted and maintained along with some other simple accents. It was quite stunning in person.
It was obvious that the graves are tended to. There were many fresh seasonal blooming plants like heathers and other hardy plants; as well as individually designed, not mass produced, decor items placed on graves. I noticed small floral embellished crosses, bark covered hearts and moss designed ‘pillows’ with fresh floral and greenery accents. It was obvious that great care and attention was paid to the grave sites. I’ve attached a few photos to share the visuals.
Recycling was also very evident while in the cemetery. Throughout the cemetery, there were wire cages for depositing plant materials for composting and another for non-recyclables. Very eco-friendly.
I did notice as I walked around the town, many people had large dish gardens at their entrances with fresh cut evergreens and heathers; all very tidy and orderly. Little gingerbread houses with white lace curtains and perfect flowers. It was very neat.
Carolyn, Thank you for sharing these lovely & peaceful photographs with Flirty Fleurs readers.