What flower do you most associate with Spring? Crocuses, daffodils, poppies? It probably depends where you live, or where you grew up. For me, a native Californian, nothing say “Spring” like the Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana). It usually grows under a foot tall, but it packs a lot of beauty, especially when you find a large clump of them blooming together. Its dark green leaves and deep purple flowers are a dramatic combo.
Happy Spring to all my northern hemisphere readers (and happy Fall to all of you on the southern half of our planet)!