My mom loved irises – they were her favorite flower, and I share her passion for them. George finds me the most wonderful assortment of different irises, and many of them just started blooming. The tall bearded irises showed themselves first. Here’s one of the pure white, just starting to open.
And voila! The luxurious white petals are fully open, just a tinge of yellow on what I recently learned is called the beard, hence “bearded iris” (or one official source I found called it “the fuzzy line”) …
The yellow bearded irises started opening next. Oh, I have to tell you that these bearded irises have the most interesting scent. George and I think they smell a bit like Pez candy. It’s not overwhelmingly sweet, a little powdery and with a tinge of bitterness.
And a closeup of the interior petals, intriguingly striped, and the fuzzy beard, a more saturated yellow.
A very tight closeup side shot of the wonderful beard – have you ever felt one? They’re so soft!
Next the Douglas Irises started blooming. They’re natives and are much smaller than the bearded irises. This is one of my favorites, the purple and gold leaves are very distinctive.
Finally, this dutch iris is still bundled tight. It’s a cold but sunny morning, so maybe it will warm up and I’ll be able to show you the bloom later this weekend.
Whoo-ha! It bloomed, and so here it is ..
Some more photos to add! This is one of my all-time favorites, it’s a Pacific Coast Iris.
The outer petals are the most amazing rich burgundy color, with veining of dark gold. Here’s a closeup of the flower.