Just as I was about to lament the end of tulip season, a group of bearded iris (Iris germanica) began to flower this morning in one of my gardens. These particular flowers have rather muted hues and petals that look more delicate than they really are.
It must be the frilly edges.
In a few days the number of blossoms will likely approach two dozen in this small space, bringing a toned-down change in color after several weeks of bright tulip hues. That is as it should be, since I might get bored with bright colors if I faced a non-stop barrage of tulips and crocuses year-round.