Purple Iris


Every crisis I have ever had has brought moments of intense and unexpectedly wonderful connection with people. Eight years ago, my mom developed Alzheimer’s. ┬áSeven hundred dollars worth of water spilled onto her lawn, a fridge filled with a fascinating collection of mold that she refused to let me throw out, and all manner of misadventures would not drive her out of her house. I braced myself for a novel disaster every time I visited. My one solace was that I often ran into her next door neighbours who were kind and willing to help. One of the gifts they gave me during our over-the-fence chats were these purple irises.Every time they bloom I remember their kindness. The smallest thing given at a time of need means so much for so long.

One thought on “Purple Iris

  1. I also live in Edmonton. We moved from the fraser valley in B.C. and I have no idea what grows here.
    The iris’ I have got gobbled up by the rabbits like all the bulbs I have. I am looking for some shrubs as we are getting too old to plant annuals and care for a lot of plants. Maybe you can give me some ideas seeing the plant centers sell me plants that do not do well here.
    Bee Bell


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