As I left the house for work this morning, I spied with my little eye...my very first bearded iris! She's a mauve-colored beauty with bright yellow beards, deeply veined hafts and a light topaz blue streak down the center rib of each petal. I believe her to be at least a second-generation passalong from Jenny at Rock Rose who got it from Lucinda Hutson's garden.
Here she is, backlit in the morning sun--
--lit from the front--
--and languishing at dusk under the shade of a Texas red oak. (It wasn't until dusk that the topaz blue streak became apparent.)
I couldn't be more thrilled. By "first iris", I don't just mean first iris this spring, but first iris EVER. I've never been successful with bearded irises, not even in Houston.
I don't know the name of this iris, so for now, I'm going to call it 'Lucinda's Iris'.
What surprises are blooming in your garden this spring? Anything you've never been able to grow until this very year? Or perhaps a passalong plant from a garden friend?
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