This week my iris just started taking off. I planted them three years ago. Last year I only had a couple of flowers. This year they are full of blooms. The thing that I like about iris is that they last for years. My grandmother use to divide her iris, put them in a paper bag to dry out, and then pass them along to her family and friends. There was a particular variety that she inherited from her grandfather in Arkansas. The variety has been passed down through the generations since the late 1800's. I grew up with them in my yard, and my mother has passed a piece onto me.