I have been anxiously awaiting this first iris blossom of the year! I have most of my iris labeled with the registered names, but this one does not have a tag. I am pretty sure it came from the Big Sky Iris Club sale at the local Farmer's Market.
At this point, I have about 250 different iris planted in the terraces out front. I have tags on most of them (with the registered names) and they are recorded in a spread sheet (something I started last year). This year, I hope to get a photo of each one that blooms, and I hope to record the date it blooms on the spreadsheet. I will keep track of the ones that die and I will not plant those again. Instead, I hope to have large patches of healthy iris. I am keeping the good growers and good bloomers and the rest can go. I am not really out to amass a "collection". Rather, I am hoping to do some artful landscaping.... I want color blocks around the yard!
Iris work well in this location with minimal care and little water. I also love them - so I joined the local Iris club as well as the American Iris Society!