Visiting Mary and Elna, and their flowers, too

Here’s a ‘phone call that I receive quite often during the growing season:

“Amy. If you have a chance today, you really need to come in and look my flowers . . . and bring your camera!

Okay, Mom. My mom is an extraordinary flower grower, and I wouldn’t be surprised if people in town regularly plan their evening walks to take in the beauties of her flower beds.

Oh, and this might not surprise you: her main flower bed is massive.

Mom and Dad bought a little piece of land adjoining their back yard, to use as a garden, years ago. The land had belonged to the city, and it was a dump site, so the dirt was full of big chunks of blacktop and gravel and rocks. It’s pretty awful, garden-dirt-wise, but Mom and Dad have dumped manure and compost and straw and leaves on it for a couple of decades now and it shows their attention. They keep a nice-sized vegetable garden, several fruit trees, an asparagus bed, and Mom’s massive flower bed on it. They’ve packed a lot of beauty and goodness on a wasted little piece of land.

Here are a few pictures from Mom’s flower bed. See, Mom, I did remember my camera this time!

This is my favorite color of Mom's irises.

This is my favorite color of Mom’s irises: Brownish-pinkish-roseish-with just a touch of lavender(ish).


flower tree

This tree, hanging with flowers, is across the street, but Amalia took such nice pictures of it, I had to include one.



Amalia taking time to smell the irises. I took these pictures at my favorite time of day for taking pictures: just as the sun was going down.


See, Mom, I really did stop to admire your flowers. 🙂



Mom mixes in the practical with the beautiful: her gorgeous rhubarb looks natural with those irises, don’t you think?

I think it might be about time to start pulling the rhubarb, Mom . . . rhubarbpierhubarbpierhubarbpierhubarbpie . . .

Did you know that horseradish plants put on such beautiful little flowers?

Did you know that horseradish plants put on such beautiful sprays of little flowers?



Look how full of blossoms these strawberry plants are.

Can you say strawberry shortcake? I can. 🙂

Here one of Dad's honeybees loads up on pollen, on Mom's sedum.

Here one of Dad’s honeybees loads up on pollen, on Mom’s sedum flowers.



The trees hanging over Mom’s flower bed are full of baby apples.

Dad had something to show us, too. He had discovered a nest with baby wrens, tucked in a neat little nest that the mama wren had built on a shelf in the garage.


We had another stop to make on our flower tour. My sister’s mother-in-law, Mary, had called and encouraged us to stop by to see her orchid. It was well worth the stop, to see Mary and her orchid. Take a look at this beauty!


We counted the blossoms: 17! Stunning!


Amazing, eh?

Amazing, eh?


Oh, Mack.

Oh, Mack. (shaking head)


What a goof.

What a goof. *sigh*

After waiting for so long–through a long and very cold winter–for springtime and the color green, and blooming flowers, it’s only fitting to pause for a moment at least and enjoy them, don’t you agree?

Just don’t forget your camera!

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15 thoughts on “Visiting Mary and Elna, and their flowers, too

  1. Alana(@RamblinGarden)

    The pictures of your son with the orchid were priceless. I can’t figure out what the white flowered tree is; do you know? It was a rough winter for both of us and I’m happy spring has arrived for both of us. Our irises are starting to come out, too but most of mine are more the common purple variety. Baby wrens, too. What a gorgeous spring post.

  2. Chef William Chaney

    It is so good to see all those flowers break through the winter. I am afraid that we lost some here in Wisconsin while we were away. We actually started planting the replacements today until the thunder storms arrived. Now we will wait two days for them to pass and then get back to the flower garden.

  3. Gillie

    I know all that about not coveting your neighbour’s wife. But I really covet your mother’s irises. I adore irises. I’ve just come back from the Chelsea Flower Show and have a list as long as my arm of all the new ones I would like to plant. Tell your mother to look for Iris Domino Noir. It was second in the RHS Plant of the Year and is delicious. Produced by Cayeux Iris.

    1. dramamamafive Post author

      Thank you Gillie, I’ll pass along the compliments to my mom. And I’ll tell her about the Domino Noir. Is it black? Or nearly so? I have some pretty irises blooming right now,too, and I’d share rhizomes. I have a gorgeous white and yellow one and an unusual blue one, too.

  4. Connie Stahl

    Beautiful!! Horseradish flowers are my favorite smelling flowers in the whole world!! Followed closely by Valerian!!

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