My iris’ along the house are in bloom. Iris’ have long been one of my favorite flowers. I don’t know if it’s a spring thing or the unusual shape of the flowers- whatever it is- I like them.
My mom had iris. I think I like them because they are old fashioned and I get a little nostalgic about them. Mom had them along the south side of the house. I remember every year towards the end of the school year they’d be blooming and I’d pick some, with mom’s help, and bring some to the school teacher.
Mom had yellows and purples…
Mine are light purple.
This year I think I am more nostalgic about them than ever as these were given to me by Kramer. About 25 years ago we were living in town in Lawler. Kramer was working for the farmer he worked for right up until he quit working. His boss owned a farm that was once his uncle’s. It was a busy spring as always and Kramer spent lots of time in the tractor in the fields and driving the roads at the farm as they put in the crop.
One day he came home and asked it I wanted to go on a “road trip”. Well in our lives a road trip was a drive to check crops…not a quick carefree trip with the top rolled down to California. I’ve never minded “crop checking”. It typically ended with an ice cream at the local convenience store.
As we hopped in the truck I noticed that he was putting a shovel in the back of the truck. I never have known with him so I didn’t think anything of it. Off we went.
We got near one of the farm places his boss owned and Kramer pulled over in the middle of the road and jumped out. He came around to my side and said, “Look”. There in the ditch was a big cluster of blooming iris’. He wanted to dig them for me and transplant them at our house. What a sweetie!!
I told him they were blooming and it was best to transplant then when they weren’t and that’s what we did that fall.
Then we lived at the old convent in Lawler. From there I transplanted the flowers to the house at the farm. Of course the flowers had multiplied from that small bunch into a larger bunch.
Through the years at the farm they continued to grow. When it same time to move to the house we now live it, Kramer and I wanted simple landscape…we wanted something that was reminiscent of an established house. Iris’ immediately came to mind so I dug up those “ditch iris'” and pulled them apart.
I planted them all along the south side of the house. It was a little reminiscent of my years growing up with my mom and also reminiscent of that “road trip” with Kramer all those years ago when he first took me to find the ditch iris’. It’s wonderful that they are blooming now to remind me of some of the good times we’ve had along our way.