There are many pleasure in the first days of spring -- the days are longer, the weather is warmer, and flowers are starting to bloom in the garden. Gardens at this time of the year really start to come into their own and are a constant source of joy. When I walked outside yesterday and saw this ruffled Mary Frances Iris, I was in awe of its feminine and regal beauty. The lavender color is just exquisite. A very dear friend gave me this plant a couple of years ago and looking at it is a constant reminder of our friendship. It made me realize how wonderful it is to receive a plant as a gift. As it takes root in the garden, we will always be reminded of the person who gave it to us.