Grandma Frankie, my dearest's mom, was such a special lady. She passed away in March of 1990. She was a lover of flowers and in her little duplex, the landlord gave her permission to plant as many flowers as she wanted in the front yard. And she did. Mainly iris and succulents. When she passed away we ask the landlord if we could dig up some of the iris bulbs to have for her memory. He was gracious and gave us permission. So we've all got starts of iris to keep Grandma Frankie's memory alive through her flowers.
My dearest is baby of the family and wanted me to take his picture with the "first" iris bloom of this year. The bulbs just keep multiplying. Isn't God's creation wonderful.
There are also white iris (lovely and lacy) but for some reason they have not budded this year. Maybe later.
We also have her big Christmas Cactus and it full of blooms. It sits on a step ladder and is really huge.
I've given starts of this to grandchildren too, to keep the memory going through her flowers.
So today, we say we love you Grandma Frankie..you've been in heaven a long time, but you are not forgotten, and your flowers are like having you right here with us.