Green Thumb

My grandmother had a green thumb. I have bright memories of her, or maybe I remember someone else’s memories of her, in the yard with her long sleeves and sun hat, weeding her flower gardens, pruning her roses, or moving plants from one spot to another. She was an award winning rose gardener. According to old, torn and yellowed newspaper clippings, roses were her specialty.

I don’t know if she was ever recognized for her daffodils and irises but they’re beautiful and bountiful. Decades after her work of transplanting, dividing bulbs, storing rhizomes, and tending to them they still burst through the top of the earth.

Patches of irises and daffodils (we call them buttercups) are all over our and the neighbor’s yard which was my grandmother’s place a long time ago.

The cheerful yellow flowers are the first to show their colors as soon as the sun warms the cold winter ground enough. The irises come up later and stand tall. Buttercups are my favorite.

Grandmother’s green thumb is still coloring the landscape.


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  2. mariaholm on April 22, 2017 at 2:58 am

    What a lovely memory of her

  3. rightpouitree on April 25, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I like the perspective of the first photo! Very nice!

  4. Penny Mason Publications on May 1, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    A lovely story of your ancestors and flowers. I never knew my Dad’s mother, but believe I inherited her “feelings” for flowers from what I hear. penny. the

    • mariegriffith on May 1, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      My dad and older sister inherited Grandmother’s green thumb for sure. It’s a gift.

  5. hopeforheather on May 1, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    My mom loves Irises too!

    • mariegriffith on May 1, 2018 at 4:56 pm

      I made a bouquet of many of the flowers I have in my yard. The irises are tall and pretty but they don’t last long in the vase.

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