It was so tantalising watching this iris slowly bud and open into bloom. It was one of the few plants I was very glad to inherit when we bought this place and I couldn't wait to find out what colour it would be so that I could develop my plans for this shady spot. I was delighted to find it was purple (my favourite colour) which will fit in nicely with some of the other pretty left-behinds. I also planted a couple of irises nearby that I divided from a rhizome at our old place. Unfortunately they have yet to flower so I'll have to wait to find out what colour they are. In the meantime I'll enjoy this one's delicate and fleeting beauty.
I like to research a little before I post and found out that the humble iris was the flower that was symbolised as the fleur-de-lis many centuries ago.
P.S. After starting this post a week ago I was delighted to find that the iris is flowering again from the same flower spike - I had no idea that irises did this. Fingers crossed for a third!
Let me know if you have any idea what variety and cultivar it is - I can't seem to find it.