Merrily (and anyone else interested):
Those cute little purple irises that bloom in early spring are iris
reticulata... they bloom about the same time as crocuses around here - but
(IMHO) they are a far more interesting plant.
I. reticulata are a minor bulb... and that's not a kathyguest critique, by any
means - that's just where you'll find them listed in the bulb catalogs. The
bulbs are readily available in the fall and I recommend them to everyone. For
anyone who has NOT grown them, they have grassy foliage and tiny 'dutch
iris'-type flowers. From experience, I suggest that the darker colors - dark
blue, dark purple - are best (white and pale blue get lost in early spring).
Also, I. reticulata are FAR more effective in a clump.
I believe these bulbs may naturalize somewhere... but not in western New York.
Still, they're worth planting for a spring thrill.
Kathy Guest.. who just saw her first snowdrop and did the dance of joy