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Iris

1999 iris

Another 1999 bulb surprise were these absolutely stunning dutch iris!  They've been blooming for about 3 weeks now, one after the other, and each one different.

1999 iris

1999 Iris

1999 iris

1999 iris

1999 iris

1999 iris

1999 iris

Here's the very first flower of the year 2000 -- now I know why they call them "snow" iris -- short (no more than three inches high), a deep violet in color, and though it's 65 degrees outside (in the first week of March no less), there could just as easily be a few inches of snow.  This flower marks a welcome respite from a very dull winter!

2000 iris

The dutch iris have begun their 2000 bloom.

2000 iris

2000 iris

2000 iris

The dutch iris have burst forth in 2001.

2001 iris

2001 iris

Of all the iris, this is the only survivor in 2002.

2002 Iris

I have to admit that I don't have a clue as to what's going on with the iris.  Last year, as shown above, there was but one iris that survived.  Yet this year, I already have a different one in bloom and two more coming up!  Why they would take a year off from growing (let alone blooming) and then come right back the year after strikes me as one of the great mysteries of nature.  I'll take it though; I'm quite fond of these flowers!

2003 Iris

2003 Iris

The second iris has bloomed.

2003 Iris

And the third.

2003 Iris

2003 Iris

It happened again! In 2004, we had no iris at all.  Now, in mid-May 2005, one of the iris has bloomed!

2005 Iris

2005 Iris

2005 Iris

I'm guessing that the dutch iris are every-other-year flowers.  In 2006 we had none.  I had forgotten about them yet here it is, 16 May 2007, and I have iris!  This one truly does appear to be the only survivor.

2007 iris

2007 iris

2007 iris



Last Updated: 08 Jan 2015

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