The iris is my favorite flower . . well, maybe next to camelia, gardenia, ginger lily, heirloom roses. Let’s just say the iris is my favorite flower that I can grow all the way up here in MO. I had bunches of irises in Kentucky. A friend in Louisiana had given me a bunch of irises that her friend had given her. Some of them were really unusual colors. There was a lady in Kentucky who was a real iris expert. She judged shows and really knew what she was doing. I just stick mine out and hope for the best.
The lady in Kentucky had an iris sale one year. While they were blooming, she let us come over and list the ones we wanted and then when it was time to transplant, we went, paid and got our irises. Some of the ones I bought from her bloom in the spring and in the fall.
When we moved from Kentucky, we had so much to do that we didn’t even dig up any of the irises. After we got here, I was sad that we had left them all and wished I had some so Vince called the realtor and got her to dig some up and send them to us. Then he got the guy who did our yardwork to dig some up and send to us so I did end up with a few but I have no idea what was sent.
We didn’t get them planted until fall, 2007 so I knew they weren’t going to bloom this past spring. Imagine my surprise when I found this one in one of my front beds blooming. Isn’t it pretty? Of all the irises I’ve planted here, this is the only one that has bloomed but it’s so pretty! Maybe this spring, I’ll get a whole bunch of blooms.