Their beauty shows through no matter where they grow, and people stop to admire their light lacy leaves blowing in the winds.
Irises also tell stories about places we've lived or those who lived before us. Along 43rd st. in Hutchinson a clump of faded yellow irises bloomed every spring. Sometimes, I pulled off the road and walked over to admire their resilience, because someone's grandmother must have planted them by the corner of her house decades ago. I say a word of grace to her angels reminding them that I know she once walked on that soil. I left them there, even though I wanted to dig them up and take them home.
Some of my irises in Kansas traveled with me from our home east of Norman, while others came from neighbors and sales at farmer's market. I nursed them and moved them year after year trying to find the best place to enjoy them.
The lovely white iris that blooms first and glows in the sunlight came from a lady's yard in OKC. Before she died she asked my
daughter to take some of the irises and enjoy them, in memory. We shared those irises, and I wonder--will someone remember me through my flowers when I'm gone?
|Violet colored bearded iris at night.|
Last year my mother-in-law asked me take some of her bulbs. I planted them out back, so I could tell her grandchildren that these came from her home. If I found her yellow ones, they didn't bloom this year, but others did.
We've enjoyed an extraordinary spring in Oklahoma, and the "Eye" of spring bloomed for over a month. Now as I look out my window I only see two blooms remaining, but I have birds all around the feeders, yellow knockout roses happily bouncing in the sunlight and wind, and buds on daisies and rabbit's ears are ready to burst forth and take the stage in my garden.
What memories do you share with times past through the flowers in your garden?