Bearded Iris

Bearded pendant petals adorn this iris beauty. There are hundreds of species  of iris in nearly all colors. The name iris comes from Greek for rainbow. The sunlight was just right for this close shot.

Passing deer often eat my iris blooms before they fully form. Not this year. I built a wire capsule to enclose them. Some of it is visible in the upper left.

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10 thoughts on “Bearded Iris

  1. Eliza Waters

    Gorgeous color – glad you protected it. Deer can be such a nuisance and heartbreaking, too. One year they ate every single one of my sisters tulips just as they were about to bloom. Arrgghhhh!

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  2. shoreacres

    It’s a beautiful flower. Now, I’m wondering about the wild iris that fill ditches and ponds here in the springtime. There certainly are deer around, but the flowers don’t get eaten. I wonder if there’s a difference in taste between the wild iris and the cultivated? The wild aren’t nearly so showy, but it may be that the cross-breeding has made them tastier, too.

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