Shirley was once my mom’s neighbour. Her garden was covered with irises that grew over the tarp she laid down. This spiky lawn turned purple in the spring. Shirley allowed me to pull out a few tubers that seemed to grown on nothing but air – they peeled off easily as they were barely attached to the tarp. These few hardy plants now blanket the south of my house. I offer them to friends and hope that purple fields begin to sprout up around many Edmonton homes.