I was terribly worried about my baby bluebirds this morning. I looked outside and there were so many blackbirds hawking around the bluebird house. I ran out there as fast as I could thinking maybe one of the babies had flown and was on the ground. Those blackbirds can be vicious, but there was nothing!! I went back up on the deck and then I saw the bluebird feeding the babies and also heard them! They are really getting vocal . . . but at least they are okay. I will
worry myself to death until they have "flown the coop".
The day at the office was full of ups and downs. An old client of ours passed away. He came across sometimes as a real grouch but I had his number and he knew it!! We always seemed to make each other snicker!! I will miss him.
The sun is shining and my intentions are to keep it low-key one more day and tomorrow do some real work. My friends will be here Saturday and if things aren’t perfect, well, they just won’t be perfect. I guess that’s part of why I call them my friends, huh?!
How are all your irises coming along? Some of mine are blooming and many more will be blooming here shortly. Irises are beautiful - - about once a year - - and then, come on, you gotta admit, then they are kind of ugly. . . and doesn’t it seem that grass gravitates directly toward them??!! I also go through and trim their leaves but they are just not all that pretty after blooming. I have mine toward the back of the garden and in certain particular areas of the yard. I keep them where they can add a bright spot but also blend in when they are ratty looking. For instance, I put them behind the bee balm. The bee balm is only 6-10 inches tall right now and the irises are blooming but the bee balm will get anywhere from 3-5 feet eventually and since they are in front of the irises and will bloom in the summer. It’s taken me awhile to find a good place for my irises but I think I’ve found their home. If you choose wisely irises can really add a lot of color to your Spring landscape and so much joy to your table as decoration. Do you also know that the plain, ordinary light purple iris is grown for its rhizome? Yes, it is dried, and chopped or ground and used as a fixative for potpourris. The iris fixative tends to be very expensive, not so much because of what it is made from but for the fact that this particular
fixative takes 2 years to cure before it can be used and that’s after it has been planted and grown long enough to have a substantial root/rhizome. There are other fixatives on the market but I just sort of feel it’s important to note that irises are not only beautiful but useful too.