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June 5, 2013


My Parents’ Garden

A long time ago, an iris was featured in our family garden around the home where I grew up.

I remember it being a reliable plant. This iris produced stems upon stems of flowers, with each stem parading a succession of blooms. Year after year, this plant spread out, expanding its colored display.

Because of these fond memories, I have always wanted irises in my garden. Last year, two Siberian irises were planted in the front garden. This year, two short bearded irises are also being added.

I love how I have transplanted the precious essence of my parents’ garden in my own garden.

Iris sibirica 'Ruffled Velvet'

Iris sibirica ‘Ruffled Velvet’

  1. Pia De Girolamo
    Jun 5 2013

    Your post resonates with me this AM as I have just finished taking a turn around my garden. I have some Siberian irises too, in some of the wetter areas of the garden and they are in bloom. I just sold and closed on our childhood second home last week, which prompted all sorts of memories including one of the big bed of multicolored big Dutch (i think) irises my Mom had planted there a long time ago. They were gorgeous but every few years we had to separate them, not an easy task, but good solid soul-fulfilling garden work.
    I have a little piece of our family garden from our house in NY. We had a lilac tree in the back yard and one year Mom managed to dig up and bring us a rooted branch.We planted it in our backyard and now in the spring it fills our backyard with perfume and memories.

  2. joelle fourcroy
    Jun 5 2013

    Comme tous les souvenirs d’enfance pérénnisent dans notre mémoire et s’embellelissent à fur et à mesure que le temps passent . Nous avons tous au fon de nous notre Madeleine de Proust , nos petits secret bien cachés :quelques petits cailloux ramassés lors d’une promende, un bouchon de champagne gardé précieusement afin de ne pas oublier une jolie fête . Merci pour ce poste et les belles photos . On ne peut raconter mieux .

  3. Jun 6 2013

    Aww, I love this post and the beautiful photos you shared. You really captured the essence of those lovely irises, and I’m sure it feels so wonderful to have that constant reminder of your parents and your childhood home. 🙂

  4. Jun 7 2013

    Love the pictures!! They are are bright and beautiful. It sure inspired me to get Iris in my garden!!

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