The following article first appeared in the spring 2001 edition of the Trillium Ridge Times. As Memorial Day weekend nears, the irises are extending their flower stalks every day. Their flower buds have just started to show the hint of purple — it’s merely a part of the annual ritual to them, but it sometimes brings so much to us who see and appreciate their beings. I’d expect to see their blossoms on Memorial Day weekend this year again; hopefully many of you could join…..
from the spring 2001 edition of the Trillium Ridge Times
Last year, the second year in the same flower bed for them, were anxious to see if they would all come back again in the spring. It started with snowdrops, then shortly after daffodils and hyacinths came around quickly. About that time, irises and daylilies were showing their new growth. By the time iris blades were about a foot tall, we started to see a flower stalk extending from the center of each of the four plants. We were delighted.
These irises had been, in fact, neglected for a long, long time. They were planted right next to the cellar way of our old house where it remained shady most of the time. We don’t even know who planted them or when. While we had a project to build a few rabbit hutches for our pet bunnies years ago, we wound up leaving some of the materials on and around them for quite a while. Still they put out flowers every now and then; to tell the truth, some years we didn’t even look at them during the bloom at all. By the time they flower in May, we were always so busy at the winery that we wouldn’t bother going to the backyard to see them after we got home in the evening. So it was, in a sense, almost miraculous that we dug them up and brought over here.
After having a few warm days, a stiff northerly breeze brought cool weather for the Memorial Day weekend. It was Friday morning. We walked out to the barn to start doing things when we saw all four flower stalks had their first flowers opening. The flowers were fully open by mid-afternoon and the lavender-colored, delicate petals were fluttering in the breeze. How beautiful they were in the bright sun! They continued to bloom for about a week pleasing us during the entire holiday weekend. They are still under deep snow at this moment in mid-March. But the sun is getting higher in the sky telling us of the things to come. When all the snow disappears; when the vineyards turn green; when all the summer birds are back around and chattering; we’ll long to see the May flowers that had been forgotten for a long time.