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