Two weeks ago while out doing errands, I pulled into the High Sierra Iris Garden driveway on a whim. My husband and I had been there for a wedding a few years ago but I had not had the opportunity to return since then. Upon parking, I met a lovely woman named Nancy who was out working in the gardens and we got to chatting. She and her family own this little piece of heaven and she lovingly does all of the upkeep. She let me know that the irises were just a couple weeks past their prime but invited me to wander around. Have a look at all of this beauty!From their website I learned that many years ago Nancy’s husband gave her a potted iris for Mother’s Day. Shortly after receiving that gift she began collecting them and then began creating the gorgeous iris gardens. What a remarkable vision she had!
Under drizzly skies at dusk, my husband and I drove to Kid’s Inc. in Camino to see the remarkable gift of love from a son to his mother. So touched were we after reading the story in our local newspaper, The Mountain Democrat, that we had to see this sight for ourselves. One of Joan Delfino’s final wishes before her death from cancer, a year and a half ago was for her son to decorate the 60 foot white fir that the two had admired on their property for years.No small feat, after digging a trench for the 500 feet of electric cord, Chris and a few friends used a crane to decorate the tree with 1900 feet of lights, and crowned it with a nearly 5 foot star. What a beauty this is!The tree will be lit through January 1st. Weather forecasters are predicting snow for this area tonight and all day tomorrow. You can bet I’ll be taking another drive in the next couple of days to see the sight of this jewel shining brightly, surrounded by snow. Quite a gift to not only Joan Delfino, but to all of the community. Thank you Chris Delfino, and Merry Christmas to you and your family. I’m sure your mom is smiling down from heaven.