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I remember my grandma’s garden in Arnold, California.  The front of the property was lined with purple Iris.  I wish I had photos of grandma’s Iris in bloom.  Maybe when I finish converting old family slides, I will find a few photos that show her flowers.  When I see Iris, I always think of her.  Maybe that is why I have taken to loving and tending to my little patch of dirt I call Kim’s Garden.  This past fall, I planted purple Bearded Iris.  I had to wait 6 months for the first blooms, but it has been worth the wait.  Iris fascinate me because the leaves are flat.  Then, all of a sudden, a swell in the leaf occurs and before you know it, this stunning flower blooms from the flat leaf.

Gardening has become one of my happy places.  I find great calm and peace when working in the garden.  I have just a small patch of dirt, but it is enough for me.  One of the reasons I think I enjoy it so much is it is another creative outlet.  I can decide what colors and where to place the plants.  Much like creating on the Artisan canvas, I can place my photos and digital art so that a beautiful visual image is created.

Kim in grandma’s garden, circa 1971

Arnold, California


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2 Responses to Blog: Kim’s Garden featuring the Bearded Iris

  1. ANN says:

    I too love my garden work, although it can be back breaking, it also is a time to reflect on life and what God has given us to enjoy.

    I have a question regarding Historian. I have looked but cannot find where the instructions for making a layout with picture in Historian before making a book in Artisan. Can you direct me to the info?
    Thanks much

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