The Suitcase Lady


June 21, 2016, 9:26 pm

We are having a glorious purple moment. It’s happening in our front yard and was totally unplanned as our gardening skills are elemental. But, sometimes, even those of us who do not possess green thumbs just get lucky.

For the past twenty years we have been working to turn a portion of our one and a third acres into a little bluestem prairie interspersed with native and butterfly friendly plants. Many mistakes, failures and laughable moments have occurred along the way.

Friends who are master gardeners keep our spirits up. One advised, “If the plant dies, plant another in a different part of the yard. If that one dies, too, plant something else.” This brilliant suggestion has propelled us forward, albeit slowly.

Not trying to be purists has helped as well. We moved a few plants such as iris from our home of thirty years in Milwaukee figuring that old friends shouldn’t be abandoned.

At this moment, purple flowers are reigning over our tiny prairie. We are guessing that purple is Lady Luck’s favorite color. Or, perhaps, it is Mother Nature that has a penchant for purple. Whoever is responsible, we will simply enjoy the fleeting beauty.

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