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FROM READERS: On Easter Eve, irises bloom

April 10, 2012 | 1:29 p.m. CDT
John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

John Hall frequently photographs his mid-Missouri surroundings, and he has been sharing his images with the Missourian for several years.

In honor of Easter, the Red Iris decided to ascend from the bud and celebrate the season.


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There were other bloomers that decided to show off a little, including the pale blue Iris and the Yellow Rose of Texas. The more cautious Peonies have decided to hold off their coming out party for a few more days. Mid-30 degree temperatures are still in the forecast.

Yesterday afternoon, a Robin got beneath the Wisteria bush and decided I couldn't see it. I threw the big lens into high gear and attempted to focus through the leaves and branches and caught the Robin finding the worm and the I heard a "gulp" and 99 percent of the worm was "down the hatch." As with any meal, a drink is required, so the Robin found a source of water. Of course, it hadn't. That happens to be a case of doctoring a photo.

The Columbine is profuse this year. There are about a dozen large clumps of it bordering a picket fence. 

Other items have come out to see the world in recent days, such as the snowball bush. Just as I own the poor mans version of Orchids ... Irises — I also have in my yard a poor man's Giant Redwood. Well, it is red — a Red Cedar. Gee, I wish that tree had been in my yard as a kid. I would have been in it most of the time when mother wasn't looking. 

Across the street from the Red Cedar is a glimpse of my neighbor's pink and red Dogwood. Dogwood is a symbol of Easter and they had to bloom before then. The cherry tree is shown with the highest bloom reaching skyward and also another view of the tree appears to be resting just above water level which, of course, it isn't. The cherry blossoms made a blanket around a couple of clumps of Columbine.

Thor the dog hasn't been the least bit happy with the cold, damp days we've witnessed recently.

Red Bud Tree blooms aren't red — neither is the Robin's breast red — but they are called that. Red Bud blooms are purple and Robins have orange breasts. So, when I tried to raise a Black Iris I didn't know what to expect. One thing for sure I didn't expect it to be black. Well, the Black Iris bloomed and is as close to black as any that I've ever seen. I'll have to admit it is a very deep purple but its closer to its color description than the Red Buds and the Robins.

There are some other great colors in the Iris patch right now. However, the frost that I've been predicting is going to zing some things overnight and I didn't want to miss out in sharing the Black Iris. 

The company who shipped the Black Iris said their name for it was "Hello Darkness." That iris had been in my son's yard for a number of years and he could never coax it into blooming.

The lower petals are much blacker than the upper ones. You can see a more distinct purple color, but it is still a black iris. I'm told by smart folks that a totally black iris can't be produced. So, this will have to pass for black until the smart folks are proven wrong.

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