No, I’m not talking about a bottle of Côtes du Rhône or Pinot Grigio — although I certainly wouldn’t turn those down. I’m talking about an Iris. I’ve always liked bearded iris, so it’s interesting that I only have one in my garden and I just planted it the year before last. They are graceful flowers that come in so many great colors. I had a hard time deciding what kind I wanted in my garden. I finally decided on “Pass the Wine” due to it’s dark maroon colors. Or so I thought. That’s what the picture in the catalog looked like, but that’s not what I got. Being a graphic designer, I should know that what you see isn’t always what you get when it comes to color. We are often telling customers that their hard-copy proofs or their PDF proofs won’t match their printed piece exactly. I guess it can sometimes be the same with a picture in a garden catalog and the actual flowers! I looked it up on www.davegarden.com (which is a useful website, albeit not very well-designed) and checked out the pictures posted by other people — and gosh darnit, they look just like mine. I wonder if those people were as disappointed as I was. Don’t get me wrong, it’s beautiful with lovely colors. Just not what I expected. So take a look at the so-called wine-colored flowers of “Pass the Wine.” It really is pretty, despite it not being what I thought I would be.
If you want to see what I was expecting, go here: