I remember that day very well… My Grandmother had returned from one of her favorite places, the now long-gone Central Hardware, with five trays full of a small, pink, ever-so-slightly purplish flower with dark centers and dark green leaves.
She had made a new discovery. Until then her favorite flower had been the Rose, however from that day forward this little variety of Vinca, called “Little Pinkie,” dominated her yard.
She was no casual gardener, mind you… She lived on a busy street leading to a very popular mall. Traffic would often come to a crawl during the summer months as cars slowed down to see the spectacular show she made of her yard. However, she never did it for the attention, she did it because she loved her flowers and loved working outside.
In 2013, I released “Easter Rose,” featuring her first flower love. “Little Pinkie” is a Reimagining of that ornament, inspired by the flower I most remember her for.
Sadly, I cannot find any photos of her with her beloved Little Pinkies. The photo shown above is from earlier days, along the side of her home, where varieties of roses climbed high up the brick with the help of the summer sun and would droop back down to eye level once the buds began to bloom.