I always look forward to the bearded iris starting to bloom but I don’t want to wish spring away so make the most of what is flowering at each season. But one of my favourite iris is the Juno Iris bucharica. I mentioned this last year when it flowered the first time from the ‘bulbs’ (really fleshy roots and bulbs). The real test was what would happen this year. Junos need well-drained soil and it was winter wet that would be the problem. But they are planted at the top of a dry-stone wall even though the soil behind it is wet and clay. So how would they do? Well I am pleased to say that they have done really well. The individual spikes have a few less buds than last year but the bulbs have increased and there are many more stems than last year.