Maybe it was the drought; maybe it was the extreme cold and hot this year, but irises of all kinds bloomed last month. Some of the re-blooming bearded irises that hadn't bloomed well the year or two before, really took off. Some of those had bloomed in the late fall and are beginning to show buds again!
The Dutch irises that I planted with the tulips at the end of 2006 bloomed and I'm fairly certain they'll come back next year like the ones in the front yard that bloomed a couple of months ago.
The water irises around the pond were the nicest surprise and I look forward to seeing them again next spring!
These are just a sample - go to the Kodak Gallery link by clicking on this posting's title to see more.