I probably should have remembered that the cottonwoods are in seed before I put this freshly washed black alpaca fleece outside to dry:
To assuage my disappointment, the irises (aka flags) are blooming. Here are several of the light purple blooms. The dark purple and white plants haven't fully opened their blooms yet:
When I was a little girl these and gladiola's seemed to be particularly ugly flowers to me. Now that I am grown, and then some, I find irises and the range of colors they come in particularly appealing. I still don't "get" gladiola's though....even in funeral baskets. (Maybe because of funeral baskets?)
I'm posting these to remind myself how much I enjoy them when they are in bloom, because I hate cutting them back and cleaning up in the fall. Hope you enjoy them too. Want to come help clean up in October?
Gotta go pick cottonwood seeds out of damp alpaca.