Un-bearded Iris

This is probably the most common german iris seen in the Edmonton area, a purple-violet with white.

Someone once called the more over-bred and frilled german irises “…a flower designed by a cow.”, but this one is still within the bounds of decency. All the more so before it opens fully, while the raindrops are still glistening on the petals, and the beard is still modestly tucked away.

I opted not to make this image soft, hazy and romantic. Sharp and crisp rules when it comes to bearded irises. I’ll save the glow for the more elegant Siberian iris…


One thought on “Un-bearded Iris

  1. Lovely photo! Mine are just starting to come into bloom as well. They were a gift from my dad, along with some solid purple ones (maybe Siberian?). I am amazed at how well they do and spread, given that I have moved them several times. I like the vertical element of the foliage as well.


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