This is a magnificent year for irises – I don’t know if it’s something about the weather or if they just really appreciated the sluggo, but they are out in force.

I never get tired of seeing them bloom.

The poor things, though, are overrun with aphids. Right after this photo, I started wiping down the buds with a wet cloth and then spraying them with soapy water. Seems to have helped a lot.

One last photo where you can see how many buds there are waiting in the wings.

Given that we’ve gotten under 10 blooms total each of the last few years, this sudden extravagance of irises is thrilling. Such great flowers.

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