Saturday, June 03, 2006

My favorite beaded iris--today

Bearded iris "Champagne Elegance" is my favorite iris--today. Lovely lemon scent, occasional reblooms, and strong habit. However, its subtle colors--pale taupe falls and white standards--yield a blossom that resembles a used tea bag as it fades. This glorious stand used to grow next to the kitchen door. As I regularly walked by, I was alternately elated by the opening flowers and disgusted at their soggy corpses. So two years ago, I moved these irises uphill to a location with better drainage but less sunlight. Both of us seem to enjoy the distance.

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