My favorite flower is the iris. Right now the backyard is scattered with them, various purples, these yellow ones and assorted blood reds. The iris pops up in lots of places, besides Elenka's gardens. The fleur-de-lis, a stylized iris, can be found on the flags of Quebec and St. Louis Missouri and on the helmet of the New Orleans Saints, the professional football team. Interesting! The saddest part for me is their stay in the yard is so brief. I'll enjoy them the next few days waving the the gentle afternoon breezes.