They’re gorgeous! If you knew, why didn’t you tell me? Hardly anyone grows them around here and I have no idea why… I love them!
I have snowdrops, crocuses and these gorgeous little irises blooming in my courtyard- nary a prettier sight have I seen! I spent part of the day yesterday sitting on the ground with a nice Shiraz staring at the irises. They are wonderful. My starter patch of 20 is not nearly enough.
I think I’ve figured out why I never tried them before: in the catalog they just look like irises. Even here, they aren’t as exciting as in person. And they do look like irises while they are blooming- but they are so anachronistic that it is a true delight to see them compared to other simple flowers blooming at this time of year. And the colors!!! I must have purchased a “mixed shades” bunch- probably a good idea to see what I like. They are all blue and purple and some have yellow splotches, some just leopard spots (in blue)… I could go on and on. Just gorgeous.
I am going to go hogwild at Brent and Becky’s Bulbs– and if I remember to order by the 1st of July, there is an early order discount!
I think I’ll get some of the ‘Frank Elder,’ ‘Danfordiae,’ ‘Cantab’- or maybe just get another mix because there really isn’t a variety that I dislike! Clearly I need to calm down a bit- I’m getting overzealous on the exclamation marks.
(but I LOVE them!!!)