Dwarf Iris Spring’s Endurance Athletes

Purple Dwarf Iris flowers in early spring.

Dwarf Iris Flowers – Spring’s Little Endurance Athletes

As winter loosened its grip giving way to spring, it’s always a joy to see which flowers come to life first. From my observations so far, the Dwarf Iris have come in first this season. .And with the unpredictable weather of early spring, Dwarf Iris are definitely the endurance athletes. 

Violet Dwarf Iris flowers growing out of rocky garden.
Violet Dwarf Iris flowers in rocky garden early spring.

Navigating the elements such as freezing temps, snow and ice, they spring to life proudly. Whether in clusters or as solitary beings they are hardy little flowers.

Growing all of 3 inches tall in the rocky landscape of the xeriscape garden, their boldness to brave the elements unfazed more than makes up for their small stature.

In the photo to the left, these deep purple blooms were literally thrusting through the rocks. In their little uniforms, they appeared to be on a very important mission. I suspect it was reaching for the warmth of the morning sun. It was after all a pretty chilly morning coming in at about 29°.

I admire their bravery amidst the spring conditions they endure!

Shades of Violet, Purple-Blue and Pale Blue

Pale Blue Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris Flowers in Early Spring
Pale blue Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris flower cluster.

The shades of these hardy little flowers can vary from a deep violet to purple-blue and even a pale, soft powder blue.

With their upright little clusters and their distinct stripes and yellow markings they stand at attention. While the rest of the gardens are still dormant, these Dwarf Iris come to life and are there to be seen and enjoyed!

I almost missed this pale blue Katharine Hodgkin Dwarf Iris flower cluster. On the cold, early spring morning I photographed them some were still glistening with ice from the freezing rain and snow from the night before.

These pale blue flowers seem to be a bit more fragile than their darker purple brethren. But they’re little troopers for sure!

You Can Feel Like a Contortionist to Photograph Them

Cluster of purple-blue Dwarf Iris flowers in rocky garden.

Yes, I know, a low tripod would likely come in handy. However to truly capture photos of these amazing little flowers, it’s all about laying in the dirt. And I feel right at home doing so.

It’s about getting up close and personal. So with my cushy garden pad (I upgraded to a thicker one to help the knees) and my tarp, it’s me and the flowers.

Sometimes I really do feel like a contortionist. In order to get the shots I’m hoping to capture. You honestly do have to get into some wonky positions to photograph these low-lying flowers.

It might look strange to passers-by and my back doesn’t always appreciate some of these odd positions. But in the end I find it rewarding and it’s oh so worth it!

Some Go at it Solo

Solitary Dwarf Iris in xeriscape garden in early spring.
Solitary Dwarf Iris in xeriscape garden in early spring.

The bright purple clusters are like little armies in uniform. However, you’ll may also see one of the little fellas flying solo or standing alone. Like little generals at attention for their hardy spring bloom mission. 

It’s hard to ignore the majesty that comes with such a little flower. I’ve really come to love taking photos of the little guys as they never fail to disappoint.

This spring’s weather has been strange. As such I was not able to capture as many photos of the Dwarf Iris as in previous seasons. Truthfully, there did not seem to be as many blooming this year. Even the Crocus seemed to be out of sync. Nature has its own agenda and who’s to say if climate change may be having its effects? 

A Life Short Lived…

Like other early risers in Spring, their life-span is short-lived. They may be gone for now, but certainly not forgotten. And I’m grateful for the photos I was able to capture 🙂

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