Irises: A Perfect Perennial!

The lovely bearded iris comes in nearly every color, perhaps barring green : )

 

Irises © Britt Conley

My particular favorite stage of the flower resembles hand-dyed silk turbans.

Irises © Britt Conley

I absolutely love them at this time.

Irises © Britt Conley

Initially they rise from their greenery with only hints of the coloring to come.

Irises © Britt Conley

But as the buds emerge out of worn cotton-like shawls…

Irises © Britt Conley

they eventually unfurl into the stunning variety of vividly colored, textured petals.

Irises © Britt Conley

But irises are not all petals, they have lovely and complex parts along with their vibrant coloring which together add to their fiery allure.

Irises © Britt Conley

One of the captivating things I love about irises are their petals.  Like crossing two time signatures in music: a 4/4 background beat with a 3/4 topper, iris petals have three curled petals which crown the four splayed beneath.  It’s one of those great oddities that makes them so wonderfully photogenic.

Irises © Britt Conley

There is a reason so many artists have painted Irises over the centuries.  They tower with picturesque perfection above wistfully tall, green grass stems.

Irises © Britt Conley

Odds are if they are in bloom, I’m somewhere hovering over a batch.  The Mid-Atlantic is currently in full bloom.  Check your local garden’s website for their ‘what’s in bloom’ section to see if it’s time in your area!  They are magnificent.

Irises © Britt Conley

Britt : )

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