Remarkable. The irises bloomed right on schedule – Mon. May 26, Memorial Day. The Deep Purple of the Japanese Iris and the pastel purple of Grandma’s Iris sing from the edge of the garden…
“We’re heeeeere—–look at us—–aren’t we gorgeous?!!”
A hop, skip and jump from the irises are a gift from a neighbor—not sure of their name, though I’ve been told several times. Some say the carnation family. The purple mystery flower invites the eye to the bed in the back of the yard—the shade garden filled with ferns, hostas, rhodies and the septic system. They tease the observer…
“Look at me—not that nasty plumbing over there.”
And then there’s the Korean Lilac – tucked into the corner of the deck seducing me with her fragrance—
”Come outside—take time to breathe deeply—I’ll reward you with my fragrance. Visit often, I won’t be here long.”
Pert pansies sit in pots around the deck and lavender petunias hang in a basket from the rafters.
“Just enjoy us—We’re here to play.”
And then there are the gifts the birds planted when they were visiting the feeder. I don’t know their names but they are sweet and tiny and plentiful.
My chives are jiving right now—bursting with purple puffs—reminding me how good they taste on almost everything—and that they’ll gladly take over the garden if I don’t set boundaries.
Even the weeds are purple. Creeping Charlie says
“ If I’m pretty enough, maybe I’ll distract you from the mischief I’m making.”
What wisdom purple has for me.
Choose what to focus on
Take time to breathe –often
Welcome and enjoy the Surprises
Spice up your life with fresh herbs
Boundaries are very useful
Most importantly and simply, choose colors that you love.
They will make you happy.
Thank you purple for bringing such beauty and wisdom to my garden this day.