This year we had a very early spring and then a couple of weeks of temps hovering right around freezing. One day the temperature dipped to 20º. I am beginning to wonder what a "normal" spring is. These pictures are from Saturday, May 14.
At this time of year a day makes a world of difference. Something with lots of buds becomes a clump with lots of blooms. Here 'Spring Fresh' takes off.
|'Spring Fresh' (SDB Keith Keppel, R. 1996)|
Yesterday 'Line Drive' was only one unfurling bud. Today it's a lovely bunch. This is supposed to be early-mid season bloomer. It's proving a very early IB in my garden.
|'Line Drive' (IB M. Sutton '07)|
|'A Little Good News' (Thomas Johnson, R. 2014)|
'Jillaroo' is one of those interesting iris that many people would not call "beautiful." I love these. The standard and beard are described as lobelia blue. In my garden the standard are purple as you can see and the rust colored falls are edge in the same.
|'Jillaroo' (SDB A. Ensminger, R. 1983)|
|'Jennyanydots' (SDB Paul Black '11)|
|'Cinnamon Candy' (SDB Aitken '13)|