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May 20, 2004
As iris begin to unfold in the back yard, I really begin to feel that spring has arrived, not that it's coming, but that it is HERE. The wickedly intense grape Nehi scent of the pale lavender iris is incredible, wafting out meters to greet you, wrap you in an olifactory embrace. Other iris have their own distinctive scents; the darker, more midnight-colored blooms have a musky tinge to them. The iris blossoms are the start of the countdown for my favorite flowers: I am on edge for the peony buds to erupt in their huge yet delicately ruffled blossoms.