Before moving to our current home, we lived next door to a couple that had a beautiful flower garden. Most summer mornings, as I was making my first coffee, I would hear the spray from a garden hose hitting the flowers. Lovell was watering the garden before the heat of the day.
One summer, I got to water the garden while our neighbours were on holidays. This gave me the opportunity to take a few pictures of the irises they grew. Of course, it was with my SLR camera, and so I had no idea whether the pictures would turn out or not.
When I was going through my old photos to check out if any were potential painting projects, this white iris caught my eye. It was one of the pictures I had taken that day. It reminded me of the value of being good neighbours. It reminded me that I learned a lot about gardens from Lovell and his wife, Vi. Lovell died of cancer just a short while before we moved, and over the years we have lost contact with Vi. I wonder if she still lives in that neighbourhood and grows those amazing irises...they were such great neighbors! I know that when I hear a garden hose spraying water early in the morning, it takes me back to the smell of coffee, and the memory of Lovell and his irises.
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