Iris and the guerilla gardeners Little Legacy 15

After last week I thought I would take a break from my mum’s legacies to write about Iris’s.

Iris is the daughter of a colleague and friend from my teaching days.  My friend K and I haven’t seen each other since we both moved jobs and I moved away from London. But, by the power of facebook, I got to hear when Iris was born, to see Iris grow, to giggle at pictures of her wearing funky shades and playing in her allotment, and sadly to see her fight cancer.

Iris died this time last year. K talks about her loss from time to time, and celebrates Iris’s spirit on facebook.  She’s inspirational in that respect, and has encouraged me to express my own grief by celebrating the little things. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to grieve, I think K has found a great way to remember Iris.

Last year K set up Plant an Iris in memory of children with cancer, and to raise awareness of the wonderful charities out there supporting families of children with cancer: The Rainbow Trust, Clic Sargent and GOSH.  Each Autumn followers of Plant an Iris plant Iris bulbs.  

I had Iris written on my hand this week to remind me to buy bulbs.

So now is the time to get planting, this morning I bought my bulbs. A friend also gave me this lovely Marks and Spencer indoor Iris set which needs planting. I am not sure yet if my approach will be guerilla gardening, my eyes are certainly open for a patch of land locally that needs brightening.  Failing that they will be in our own garden, but either way I look forward to Iris’s little legacy popping up in Spring.
Little legacy is a remembrance project , a positive and creative space, to celebrate small things handed down by inspirational people. Feel free to link up a little legacy you’ve been thinking about this week, or to leave one in the comments. Here’s the code and here’s more on Little Legacy


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