I've been thinking about irises as we have an Irises workshop in May. They are the most gorgeous showy flowers but are only with us for a matter of weeks.
I saw this scene last year in my friend Margaret's garden and loved the shadow cast by the birdath in this sunny corner. Painting it has made me look at irises more carefully. I remade my small iris bed last year and I have high hopes of a great display in a month or so.