You see the gold crocus from a good distance. The iris reticulata is a different visual experience. Their colors are quieter but when the sun backlights them, they are so beautiful.
And tough. Spring rains and then no more water or care. Forgotten in fact, as they are over grown by the miscanthus and other grasses along the drive. Wack the grasses back in early February and voila! Another year's show of blues and purples.