Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Generations of Iris

This week my iris just started taking off. I planted them three years ago. Last year I only had a couple of flowers. This year they are full of blooms. The thing that I like about iris is that they last for years. My grandmother use to divide her iris, put them in a paper bag to dry out, and then pass them along to her family and friends. There was a particular variety that she inherited from her grandfather in Arkansas. The variety has been passed down through the generations since the late 1800's. I grew up with them in my yard, and my mother has passed a piece onto me.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Spring Is Still In The Air

Even though it is the beginning of Summer on the West Coast, there is still a hint of Spring in the air. This year my tulips and daffodils had an extended stay. I was especially excited to see my bulbs pop up from the ground. I had purchased my bulbs from Holland. They were huge! I planted over 300 hundred bulbs in the garden. With pink, yellow, and orange daffodils, and sherbet french tulips, my garden has been a wonder everyday!