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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.
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!
The dutch iris have begun their 2000 bloom.
The dutch iris have burst forth in 2001.
Of all the iris, this is the only survivor in 2002.
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!
The second iris has bloomed.
And the third.
It happened again! In 2004, we had no iris at all. Now, in mid-May 2005, one of the iris has bloomed!
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.
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