|Iris and Chickens in the Ghetto Garden! |
Oh what a delight, a chicken delight! These friendly egg-laying creatures live right in the middle of the angry Cass Corridor, down here in Detroit City! These beautiful hens and roosters are enjoying the balmy weather with temperatures that had reached 54 degrees on January 29, 2013! Can you also see the jagged edges of Iris plants peeking up over the fence? We have about three more months of cold winter ahead of us, but don't tell them!
The great expanse of wooden fence in the picture above shows you just how big that Iris garden was. Unfortunately , the owners of a new business bought their building along with the adjacent land which served as the Iris garden. The new owners understood the importance of the garden, so everyone in the community was given the opportunity to bring a shovel and bushel basket and fetch home as many plants as they could. This was a chance to keep the garden alive in the minds and hearts of everyone. Forever.
There were a few dozen plants left over when the backhoe came through to prepare the land to become a paved lot. The remaining plants were placed carefully last summer in the big pile that you see to the left. Iris plants are grown from bulbs and are usually quite hardy, but you should take precautions to not lose too much soil when transferring them.
Let this serve as a lesson to all of us, that even in the harshest of conditions, life is precious and it will do whatever it takes to reproduce and keep the species alive. No matter how badly something is treated, there is always a chance that it will overcome the obstacles and maybe try even harder to live and bring happiness. A discarded Iris plant, left in a heap on a litter-strewned mound in summer, will find a new home and eagerly want to flower come the spring. Such is the beauty of nature. Such is the beauty of love.