may 15, 2018

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“You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddhist proverb

 

morning light

 

I know I already posted about the Siberian Iris’ that Elaine gave me, but the morning light today was too good to pass up. The field of iris that blanket my front garden was just so lush I had to whip out the camera and snap a few pics. It was an important day, too, and what better to start a new chapter than with a morning full of beauty?

 

field of purple

may 13, 2018

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“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.” ~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

blooms (snapseed)

 

I promised Elaine Heis I would let her know when the Siberian Iris’ she gave me many years ago bloomed. Well, virtually overnight, a lot of them sprang forth. I thinned them last year, and now they’re dotting the landscape beautifully. They’re such thin, delicate flowers, but they pack a deep purple punch that I love. Thank you for the beauty, Mama Heis. You made my day…again.

may 18, 2016

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“Bad things do happen; how I respond to them defines my character and the quality of my life. I can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of my loss, or I can choose to rise from the pain and treasure the most precious gift I have – life itself.” ~ Walter Anderson

 

out of Africa
out of Siberia

 

Since I’ve been on the topic of iris’ lately, Elaine Heis asked at our Cinco de Mayo dinner how my Siberian Iris’ were doing. She gave me the first of the near-blue beauties not long after I bought my house. I’ve split the original a few times now. They bloom later than the more traditional horse farm iris, keeping a hint of royal hue in the yard for several months of spring. One of my favorite things about owning a house is sharing plants with friends and neighbors. It has brought me great joy.

 

tres beauties
tres beauties

may 18, 2014

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“No matter what else happens, you really only have two options: you can either handle things well and be happy, or you can handle them poorly and be miserable.”
~ Unknown

 

helper
helper

 

I’ve always heard that peonies fair best when there are ants crawling about. My peonies have always done well, and they have always been covered in ants. Coincidence? A better gardener than I would know. My Siberian Iris, which I mistakenly called African Iris a few posts back, really love Blackberry winter. Maybe that’s why they’re called Siberian Iris. A day of sun makes my gardens all the more beautiful.

 

purple and orange
purple and orange