The temperature is in the low 40s and we’re expecting a hard freeze tonight, but strangely enough, when I went out to rake up leaves to put in the backyard compost, there it was. An iris, so dark purple it looked almost black, had bloomed in Jay’s Garden. This is not the time of year for irises to bloom. They are a springtime flower. This year we’ve experienced some weird weather, months of extreme drought followed by record rainfall and flooding. Now we’ve had just a couple of weeks of fall before wintery freezing weather is setting in. Texas is known for its frequent weather changes, but really? Maybe even the plants are confused. Jay’s Garden is a small memorial garden to my younger sister, who died way too soon. I will always miss her. My daughter Shara said the beautiful flower was a kiss from my sister.