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Coming Up Irises


As the weather has warmed up, lanky green leaves started to appear in the iris garden.   Then it was flower stalks, tantalizing with the promise of blooms to come.  The past two weeks it’s been warm enough that the flowers have put forth their glory.  Aren’t they gorgeous?

The irises are courtesy of Grandmeow and my good friend E.  Irises apparently grow like weeds here, requiring very little care.  These blooms aren’t even hooked up to the drip line.  They just get whatever water falls from the sky.  That makes them perfect for me, as I have a black thumb when it comes to growing things.

The single windows in the background are my office.  When it’s a particularly trying day, I look out an am reminded that no matter how difficult work is, there is beauty in the world.


Mound O’ Dirt


IMG_3161Progress continues on the landscaping and we are taking full advantage of the unseasonably warm weather.  This is the planter outside the sewing room.  If you look closely in the window, you can see the thread extender from my serger.  If you look really closely, you may even see a cat.  Or not.

That rock border holding in the dirt is installed entirely by hand.  I was amazed when the landscaping crew started on it.  They fit all of the rocks together, chipping away at them with a sledge hammer if things aren’t quite what they’re supposed to be.  Those guys work hard!

On top the dirt will go river rock, and scattered throughout that various plants.  I think a Japanese Maple would look wonderful there, but it is absolutely the wrong exposure.  Maybe some tall grasses or flowering shrubs.  Something that thrives on neglect, given my black thumb.