When Mr. Mudlips and I purchased our house about 15 years ago, our yard was a clean slate awaiting our paintbrush. Lawn laid out in a square grid, too many rhododendrons, three blueberries, and Iris were the components of the previous owners’ monoculture landscape techniques. Few birds or insects visited the yard. Today, it’s a different place, with native and edible plants dominating the yard – it is now certified wildlife habitat. Most of the rhodies have been removed except for a couple of large mature plants that provide evergreen foliage and cover for the birds in winter. But, the Iris I kept. It’s asymmetric and variegated flowers bloom in May. Some years they topple over from their weight just as they bloom, usually after a hard rain. This year, they’re standing tall, catching light, and glistening in the evening sun.