Many years ago, I planted these irises in the back garden. This year they are spectacular! We had a lot of snow this past winter and they were protected from weather fluctuations by the snow cover. They rewarded us with a wonderful display for the last two weeks. I love the shape of these flowers (although they are a bit challenging to draw) and the gorgeous curves on the buds are wonderful.
They herald the summer for my garden. The day lillies and daisies are also budding out.
Nothing says summer joy for me like the irises welcoming the summer solstice.