Auntie Flo’s Inspiring Iris Note Cards

My husband’s great-aunt had beautiful iris gardens, and I am fortunate enough to have a piece of that legacy.

Auntie Flo’s iris tubers traveled from Oklahoma to Houston where my MIL, Charlsie McLaughlin Cawthon grew them in her garden. How she kept them safe from the little Boston terriers she raised, I will never know. When Charlsie and Big Pete build their little cabin, and then their house in Hunt, Texas, the tubers traveled with them.

It must have been a challenge keeping them safe from the deer! Out Charlsie’s kitchen window, and built up a hill, she had the most precious garden! When she offered to share her tubers with me, I took everything in a big box of thinnings and scattered them under the bird feeders I could see from my kitchen.

The tubers followed from Kerrville, to Pflugerville, to Sun City Texas. I wondered what color we would have once the freeze and snow melted off, and they are just about to show!

I used a Stamparatus to center the iris image, and again to stamp the two-step images that color the greens, and the flowers.Because the Stamparatus hs two plates, and take stamps on all four surfaces, setting up the batch stamping was a breeze — no second guessing!  I used coordinating markers to add some color in dots where the beards of bearded iris should be.

STAMPS: Inspiring Iris, and Lovely You for the sentiment

INKS: Granny Apple Green, So Saffron, Mango Melody, Petal Pink, and Highland Heather; Sahara Sand for stamping the iris on the envelopes

PAPER: Basic White note cards and envelopes

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  1. I love irises, too. When I was first married, we lived in a tiny cabin on the property of a widowed lady, Ema Weedow. (I refer to her as “The widow Weedow.). This was a woodland property just behind the first line of foothills outside of Lyons, CO. She devoted a large portion of the front yard to growing quite a variety of irises, and she called the property “Emma’s Iris Gardens.” So naturally I secretly called it “The Widow Weedow ‘s Iris Gardens.” ?

      1. I LOVE this story, Jan!!!! I think I may know of this iris garden. It was quite famous when I lived in Boulder.