Best Flower Ever: Bearded Iris

bearded iris

Yeah, man!  That flower has a beard!

My mom was talking to me about bearded irises this early spring, and I was getting all pumped thinking about a flower with a beard.  She was like, “We have some in our yard.”  And I was like, “That’s awesome!  I wish I had such an amazing flower in my own yard.”

Well, lo and behold, this spring what flowers sprang up right next to my deck?  And all around the damn neighborhood?  BEARDED IRISES!!!  How had I not realized that I had such awesomeness growing in my own dang yard?

Now the picture above is not of my own bearded irises, nor of any in my ‘hood.  But I had to use it because it so perfectly captures why the flower earned its name.  I mean look at that beard hanging down – all purple and robust.  Makes you wonder what a man might look like with a purple petal beard like that.

Makes you wonder what Jimmy Smits might look like with a purple petal beard like that.

jimmy smits iris beard