I think we really are done with the freezes--I check the mesquite trees to be sure, but they have yet to confirm my belief. Mesquites are the final arbiters of the Official End of Winter here...they absolutely do not leaf bud or bloom until it's safe to come out. They just don't.
At any rate, I have had a wonderful time with the irises that have come out since that last freeze, and I've worked hard to identify them as they bloom. Here is a PicMonkey photo of the irises I have identified ('cept for that peachy one), not that they've all bloomed yet, but these I know we have. Plus a few that have blooms now...have I mentioned I love irises? :~)
|Names from L to R, top to bottom: Immortality, Grandma's Blue Flag, ???, Dauntless, Before the Storm, Celebration Song, Magical Encounter, Carriage Trade, Drama Queen.|
|This one hasn't bloomed yet, but it's begun to put on a lot of new leaf growth, so it might bloom this year! Secret Service.|
|Just identified this one yesterday...had to bring the bloom in to photograph because the wind was crazy! After some searching, I found out that this one is Sable.|
|These are irises I grew at our place up in North Texas, when we lived out by the lake. I had no idea what I was growing, nor did I care. I put them all around, they bloomed, and I was happy.|