Bearded irises are elegant, easy to grow flowering plants. To really thrive, the rhizomes need to be divided every few years after they bloom. Luckily for me, my neighbor Kirsten divided hers two or three years ago and offered me some. I planted them in the front yard where they seem to be very happy. The irises started blooming last week and the flowers are a gorgeous deep purple. I clipped all of the flowers in bloom but didn’t have enough to really fill a vase, so I cut some hellebore flowers too (I can’t believe they’re still in bloom; they’ve been going strong since January!), along with some of the hellebore’s big multi-pronged leaves. The combination of the irises and hellebore flowers and leaves filled the vase very satisfactorily:
And here’s a bonus photo of the flowers which will also show you how we’re doing with keeping clutter off of our front hall landing zone:
Pretty impressive all around, don’t you think?