Back in Business

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It may not look like much yet…

Spring has fully returned to north Texas. That means repeated visitations from wind and tornado warnings, thunderstorms that lead to flash floods, and threats of baseball sized hail. More often, though, it means warm temperatures and plants seeming to grow 50% taller in a day. And it brings on bud, leaf and bloom with a flourish that reminds me how showy and productive a Texas garden can be at its—however brief—peak.

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Will you think me impertinent if I show you my bloomers?

A Saturday outing is splashed with roadside waves of Showy Primrose, Paintbrush and Bluebonnets, and the trees are bursting with a dense, cheering liveliness that belies the likelihood of a relatively short span of such intense lushness.photo montage

Our own garden is reawakening, sending up promises left and right of everything from capsicum and tomato, parsley and kale to the same primrose standard-bearers ushering in roses, Salvia and Echinacea. The saplings garnered of the city’s largesse in the annual tree giveaway—redbud, Mexican Plum and Texas Ash, to date—are awakening as well. Though the odd temperature fluctuations and ice storms this winter hindered their bloom, they are leafing out in style. And as much as I’ve been known to vilify and slander all of squirrel-dom as thieving rats, I will grant them all manner of amnesty for their one generous act of planting acorns across our property and providing a welcome lagniappe of oak seedlings in my planters for the increase of our little backyard grove.

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I’m up to my irises in spring bloom…

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Can you blame me for being dazzled?

For shorter-term flair, it would be hard to argue with iris as my chief fancy at this time of year. Always a favorite flower for both my partner and me, it was the centerpiece of our wedding design, courtesy of Mom’s garden, and an indulgent purchase last fall in the form of a self-gifted bunch of fans for the garden here. Along with the classic lavender bearded and highly perfumed variety given us by a dear friend, the newcomers are flourishing in their bed in the front corner of our lot, and I am wholly enamored of their flashy, curling flounces and the radiant tendrils of their beards. The graphic drama sustained by their swordlike leaves after the flowers pass is a pleasing bonus of irises’ appeal, but the magnificence of a bed in full bloom will always be one of my most beloved signs that this season of nature’s great exuberance is in full swing, a grand hurrah in floral form.photo

11 thoughts on “Back in Business

  1. Iris is beautiful, my favourite as well. You have captured ‘spring’ in each of your photos and the last one is a stunning study of Iris herself. We have seen the news of the terrible devastation of tornado s. Keep safe

    • Thank you, we have been mercifully bypassed and spared by all of the worst weathers thus far. We did have a 9 m. limb downed night before last, but it looks internally damaged (will have our arborist look at it). I’m glad you liked the photos! 🙂

  2. I’ve always fancied Iris – probably because it was my godmother’s name… but still, I love the over-the-top frills — and the SCENT! I can almost detect it in your final photo!

    • Since there are plenty of unscented varieties of iris, I’ll bet there are people who don’t even know how sweetly perfumed some can be—their loss! What a colorful 😉 name for your friend: perhaps a *Fairy* godmother, in fact? 🙂

  3. Interesting you should suggest a fairy godmother. I first learned about my “Aunt” Iris around the same time I saw the movie Cinderella. I associated godmothers and magic from that moment on. That, plus the fact the first gift I received from her was a pot of Avon hand cream – rose geranium.

  4. Such wonderful photos! Of course I’m a bit partial. .. ha! 😉 I also love Iris. My grandmother used to propagate them. No, never got one named after her, however I do have some in my yard from hers.

    • The good thing is that we can name any pretty flower after any beloved person just as we please. As long as there’s no expectation anyone else will call the bloom by that proper name, anyway. 😉 How lovely that you perpetuate your grandmother’s treasury of irises!
      xo 😀

  5. Beautiful Kathryn. Really beautiful. Love those irises. I lost mine over this past Winter, along with a few others. (&^%$&$#*^!!!) If you’re ever looking for a real beauty, check out the Beverly Sills Bearded Iris. It’s coral pink and the blooms are huge.

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