There are other challenges for the amateur photographer who wishes to capture the plant in the landscape. Aside from focus and exposure issues, there is always the blue tarp covering the compost pile, the rusting skeleton of an old Bultaco, or more often, three-foot-high weeds looming in the background.
Here I tried to give you some photos of the plant, foliage and all, as well as the flower. It would be a little dull were I to take these photos today, since so few irises are in bloom, so most are from last spring. Many of these irises are new to my garden and have yet to form true clumps. This gives me something to look forward to next year, and this spring, I promise to take photos of the whole clump, even if the weeds are blocking the view!
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Rare Treat' in Andi's garden. Ruffles galore.|
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Lady Friend' which is the first to bloom for me.|
Tall Bearded Iris 'Cajun Rhythm,' a late bloomer.
Tall Bearded Iris 'Persian Berry' a very early bloomer.
Tall Bearded Iris 'No Count Blues'
Tall Bearded Iris 'Spin Off' is good for the front of a border.
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Classic Look'|
|Border Bearded Iris 'Maid of Orange' has nice, upright foliage with narrow leaves.|
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Looky Loo'|
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Scoonchee' in Lois's garden.|
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Queen's Circle' in my garden (top two) and at Carolyn's.|
|Tall Bearded Iris 'Sweet Musette' in Wendy's garden.|
I leave you with this image of a strikingly beautiful garden featuring the iris 'Sweet Musette.' In the background, tomato cages and wheelbarrows.