Two years ago in the fall, my friend Renee gave me two bulbs for tall dark black-purple irises. Last year, the shoots of the leaves came up, green and fan-like, and stayed that way all year, with nary a sign of a bloom or even a stalk or bud. This year, I was shocked to see buds, and as the days went by and more of the tightly curled petals could be seen on the bud, I was more and more excited to see the full bloom.
Which I woke up to this morning.
Look at the SIZE of that bloom!!!
The petals are even darker in person, a black purple.