Plant Something, Grow Something

amywink April 17th, 2013


Last year, I placed a daring and expensive order with White Flower Farm for 3 different varieties of “black” Bearded Irises in an effort to memorialize my black cat Fox and my black dog, Lady, in the garden. It was a risky move because they were not rated for this zone, Zone 8/9. And yet, I have plenty of bearded Irises in the yard and had no reason I could understand that the black ones should be any different. I took the risk, ignored the invalidated warranty, and ordered 6 iris tubers: 2 “Hello, Darkness”, 2 “Before the Storm”, and 2 “Study in Black.” I planted them in the fall and caged them because Lily proved that she was Not A Gardening Dog as I planted them and I didn’t want them to go racing around the yard in her mouth. I watched the leaves come up and grow all winter and this month, the buds appeared on “Hello, Darkness”–buds that were indeed a very inky black!!


Now the plants are in full bloom and the gorgeous darkest purple bloom is gracing the garden, along with the Victoria Falls bearded irises I planted to remember my blue-eyed cat, Victoria.


Also in bloom this time of year, the antique Maggie rose, in honor of my wirehaired Dachshund Maggie:

The Kronprincess Viktoria rose for Victoria (a well remembered cat)dsc_1335.JPG

The Blithe Spirit rose, for my last dog Tristan: dsc_1265.JPG

And the St. Joseph’s Lilies (or amaryllis) transplanted from my grandfather’s garden.

All reminders, even in the face of grief, to plant something, to grow something and to remember beauty.

2 Responses to “Plant Something, Grow Something”

  1. Stevenon 17 Apr 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’m in awe of how beautiful all of these are — and so beautifully photographed. Those rose blooms are so full that they look almost like peonies! What a wonderful way to remember.

  2. daveon 30 Apr 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I have a St. Joseph’s . . . saved it from death after an aunt went to nursing home never to return

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