18 April, 2009

An Easter Story

A couple of summers ago we were visiting my Mom and Dad in New England. They had their home on the market to sell at that time; and, not knowing if we'd ever visit them there again, my mother invited me to dig up any plants or flowers that I wanted to bring back home with me. I took her up on her offer and the last day of our visit my husband and I dug up clumps of ferns, Bleeding Heart, Cranesbill and Hosta. A variegated broad-leaf foliage plant caught my eye and I asked Mom about that. She explained that it was a decorative grass, she had planted it in what was her former "white garden" for an accent plant. I dug one of those up too and we planted everything in it's new southern location after we arrived back home two days later. Those plants floundered that first summer, but I poured the water to them and hoped for the best. Last spring I noticed that everything came back except for that decorative, variegated grass; apparently the move had been just too much for it, I promptly forgot about it. This spring I was surprised, and amazed, to discover the sword-like foliage of an Iris coming up where that grass clump had been. Imagine my delight when I stepped out last Sunday morning to this sight! Oh, yes; a glorious, pure-white, Iris blooming on Easter morning. I thought I knew what I had in the ground, but oh, no; God had a bigger surprise, something so much better!

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16 comments:

Barb said...

This is so wonderful, and what a beautiful Iris! God has a plan, and beauty is part of that plan! Very special that it was blooming on Easter Sunday, a touching blog post, thank you for sharing!

Loris said...

That was certainly a nice surprise!
I love irises and yours is lovely.
Your mom had a great idea.

MARCIE said...

Your vision of things is always so wonderful! And what perfect timing for the white iris!

Cheryl said...

What a great story, and what a beautiful Iris.

wannabegodly said...

Hello! I just learned about your blog from Quiltville and noticed that one of your favorite books is "Mrs. Goodneedle and the Miracle Quilt". Thinking that it might be a good read with my children I went searching for it on my library site as well as at Amazon. It is not to be so easily found. Could you help me?
Thanks!

Quilt Memories said...

Did you write the book " Mrs.Goodneedle and the Miracle Quilt? If so, I would also know where I could purchase it....maybe if you didn't, I would still like to purchase one. Help!!!
The iris is beautiful, we just never know what surprises God has in store for us! Later, Bobbin

Teresa said...

....and a very beauitful surprise at that. My father grew the prettiest irises too.

Quiltdivajulie said...

Amen . . .

Libby said...

What a lovely Easter morning surprise!

meggie said...

What a lovely surprise replacement!!

Domestic Designer said...

What a wonderful surprise! I love irises.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Lovely Iris. I adore them...and such a special blooming on Easter.

Karen Newman Fridy said...

Don't you love it when God sends you flowers?

Juliann in WA said...

What a lovely story. I needed to hear this today. Thanks!

Salem Stitcher said...

Wonderful. We just never do know what wonders are in store for us.

dixie said...

Mrs. G: You are so fortunate to have the Iris from your mother's garden. I missed out by not digging up the Irises in my mother's garden and I regret it to this day. She is gone now, but if I had only one iris I would feel just a little bit closer to her. I know she watches over me...I can feel her presence every day.