>2. Did Wm. Shakespeare ever write anything about irises?
For wheresoe'er thou art in this world's globe,
I'll have an Iris that shall find thee out.
--King Henry VI, Act 3, Scene 2
His crest that prouder than blue iris bends.
--Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3
The many-colour'd iris, rounds thine eye?
--All's Well That Ends Well, Act1, Scene 3
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Jim Wilson, Oxford, OH, USDA Zone 6a, AIS garden judge, Region 6
growing medians, TBs, Siberians, JIs, and a few SPU and species