My first Iris reticulata "Harmony" has opened. A couple others are aboveground; the rest seem to be biding their time. With the warm temperatures we are having (highs around 80 F/26 C), I have worried the flowers would not last very long; but this bloom has opened slowly, deliberately, and is a thing of beauty.
I selected a couple of very blue irises last fall, having been inspired by some of Jane's (at Hoe Hoe Grow). What could be better in the hot, dry desert than the cool blue of an iris? I'm not disappointed in the result so far; it's wonderful.
Iris reticulata, one of the summer-dry species, seemed like a candidate for the dry garden. With no significant freezing weather last winter, however, it may not prove permanent here. I hope it is, as the tiny flower is spectacular.
Here is a photographic journal of the opening of a single iris bloom...