Plant Something, Grow Something

amywink April 17th, 2013

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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!!

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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.

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