CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The past few weeks have been ablaze with beautiful irises -- even with the hail and heavy rains there are wonderful patches of them all around town.
Jody Hill, on Charleston's West Side, has a big area of her yard filled with deep-purple, large-blossomed irises she started 12 years ago.
"I started with three -- I just keep dividing them and dividing them," Jody told me. "I'm gonna fill up the whole front yard with them."
I chuckled along with Jody when she told me how strong this particular cultivar seems to be.
"I tried to plant the yellow ones in there but the purple ones said, 'No, that's not gonna happen!' I think they just sucked them right down into the ground!"
She would love to add other colors to the mix, and she told me she gets her green thumb from her mother, Rutha Chestnut, who grows beautiful orchids.
"My mama will be proud!"
Standard lettuce and spinach leaves are getting boring. But buying the "fancy" stuff at the store is pricy, and it never seems to last more than a day.