Sharing Perennials

Extend beauty and love to friends and family in the form of transplants.

| Spring 2019

Purple irises growing in a garden. Photo by Getty Images/Viorika.

About 15 years ago, I came home from work to discover that my father-in-law had transplanted some beautiful purple iris plants along the side of our home. He and I shared a love for gardening, and when he saw his irises needed thinning, he thought of me. I truly appreciated his thoughtfulness — and I appreciate it even more now.

He passed away about 10 years ago, but the irises he transplanted still bloom every year. Every spring, as I see the flowers forming, I say, “Dad’s irises will be blooming soon!” They’re more than flowers; they’re a memorial to him.

Hostas prefer well-drained soil and partial shade. Photo by Getty Images/nelsonarts.

Some people want a perfectly planned landscape for their garden, so they hire professionals to design and plant their flower beds. Some even hire people to come in to weed, trim, and do all the maintenance. And that's fine, if that's what you prefer.

However, I personally love the memories that are stirred when I work in my garden. Many of my plants were given to me, or shared by people I love. My peonies were part of a bush from my mother’s house, my pink roses came from my oldest daughter, and the various hostas came from overgrown plants in my church’s garden. I appreciate these plants so much more than if they came from a nursery, because they invoke memories of people and places I love.



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